Reuel Colt Gridley

Reuel Colt Gridley (HM9HL)

Location: Austin, NV 89310 Lander County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 29.367', W 117° 3.783'

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"Citizen Extraordinaire"

This simple stone structure, opened to the public in late 1863, was originally operated as a general merchandise store by the firm of Gridley, Hobart and Jacobs. Gridley is best remembered for his 1864 wager which prompted the auctioning of a sack of flour for donations to the "Sanitary Fund," the Civil War forerunner of the American Red Cross. The flour was sold again and again throughout Nevada and California, then taken east and eventually auctioned at the St. Louis Sanitary Fair in 1864, in all raising about $275,000 for this fund. Gridley died almost penniless six years later.

State Historic Marker No. 119
Division of Historic Preservation & Archeology
Lander County Civic & Historic Society
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HM NumberHM9HL
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Marker Number119
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 8:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 494578 N 4371095
Decimal Degrees39.48945000, -117.06305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 29.367', W 117° 3.783'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 29' 22.02" N, 117° 3' 46.98" W
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Area Code(s)775
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4250 Water St, Austin NV 89310, US
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