Re: Carrara and Maps
Posted by Mark Holloway (Tumbleweed) on October 12, 2002 at 04:22:39:
In Reply to: Carrara and Maps posted by Harold Ericsson on October 11, 2002 at 08:59:44:
Yes, that photo was at Carrara, Nevada. I don't recall reading of any Italians there but I do believe it was named after Carrera, Italy. Sadly, the marble was not of the same quality. There was a railroad track leading up to the quarry. It was steep and using cables the weight of a loaded car coming downhill would pull an empty car up. There are still juge blocks of marble sitting next to where the track was waiting to be hauled out. The townsite is right next to US 95 a few miles south of Beatty. (Not to be confused with the Phillipino concrete plate whose buildings are clearly seen but are about a mile off US95.) The Carrera ruins are right by the fence along the hiway. Carrera was distint in that it had a town fountain. The remains of it are still there but it's hard to find. Across US 95 (West side) is where the railroad grade is for the Las Vegas & Tonopah RR. In exploring the townsite I found that they used a septic tank system. Many of the sites where people lived would have a hole out back with a metal pipe going in to it. I wonder if this was 'new technology' or standard? I figured a regular town just had outhouses and Carrera was advanced for their time. Pretty interesting area. I'll have to move back to Beatty someday....