Mottsville Cemetery tour is Saturday

Laurie Hickey will be conducting tours of the Mottsville Cemetery 10 a.m. Thursday.

Laurie Hickey will be conducting tours of the Mottsville Cemetery 10 a.m. Thursday.
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The Historical Mottsville Cemetery Tour, guided by Laurie Hickey is 10 a.m. Saturday. Cost $5 per person.

Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. If you have questions call Hickey at 775-315-0697.

All funds raised will be donated to purchase Christmas Wreaths and Flags for the Veterans buried in the Mottsville Cemetery. The Mottsville Cemetery is located near the intersection of Foothill Road and Kingsbury Grade off Mottsville on Old Foothill Road North.

The Mottsville Cemetery is the resting place of many early Carson Valley pioneer settlers and their descendants plus others. The Cemetery had it’s beginning in the 1850s behind the home of Israel and Eliza Mott when their infant daughter died and was buried in the back yard. The location soon became a full-fledged cemetery when many of the Mott’s neighbors and friends were given permission to be buried in the same area. The Cemetery is not exactly laid out in typical lot and block design because of the original random burials.

Learn the history Ben Palmer his sister Charlotte and their families who are thought to be the first black residents in Nevada. Dr. Eliza Cook thought to be the first licensed woman doctor in Nevada. Learn the obscure connection between the Bull family and Eiley Bowers, of Comstock and Bowers Mansion fame

Mottsville might be where Carson Valley became known as Cousin Valley as many of those original settlers who lived along the Emigrant Trail and went to the Old Mottsville School married their neighbors. The Bulls, Motts, Parks, Dressler’s, Jones’s, Trimmer’s, etc. the list goes on. Many of these families, still make Carson Valley their home.


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