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22 sday March fi 1992Fahrucala .VtdleyjGszette ........ I Ip' ! iii iii /:,i  iiii i. Gaze00w on the street... TOM WALTUCH-- Business owner -- "The variations of the country. Especially California. You have deserts -- mountains, snow, sun, and sea. Everything." What do you like about/imerica? Enfland Hawaii Kentucky Photo Not Available KEITH WAKELIN-- Salesman -- "It's Big. There is a lot to see. I have only been here two days. This is my second visit. The first was to Washington and New York." RENNY MORGIA -- Electronics technician -- "There are alot of things Ilikeand many I don't. I like the : unrestricted travd and developments. 1 seen a lot m my tifeUme. From Model Ts to what they are now -2 from crystal radios to satellite GAlL SHERWIN -- Homemaker -- 'The freedom, to freely travel." DARRELL PEARSON-- Retred teache - The freedom -- to me it's the most wonderful place in the world, t have been other place s and none have the freedomor the opportunities we have here." comead by 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 - 111 8 --onopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrum 3 Located eight miles offU.S. Highway 6 in central Nye COunty, Tybo was as lively a camp as any in the state in the 1870s. Like many Nevada camps, Tybo has its share of lost treasure stories, buried pay- rolls and stagecoach loot. The citizens of Tybo were reputed to be distrustful of banks and more inclined to bury their money than entrust it to institutionswhich could be robbed any day of the week. How many of these caches were lost or forgotten when those who con- signed them to the ground moved on cannot be known with nay certainty, but surely something is still out there. Another lost treasure story con- ceres a gambler who happened into town on a payday weekend in 1876 and picked up some $3,000 in gold coins in a marathon poker game. There was some talk around town that he had used a marked deck and several men were said to be plan- ning to waylay him when he de- parted. These rumors got back to him and he had the driver of the Belmont stage stop in Kiln Canyon, ust out of town. Walking out rough the sagebrush with his money in a canvas sack, he returned empty-handed a few minutes later, telling the driver that he would be back when he thought it was safe. Three dags later, he was shot and killed in a Belmont saloon. There is also the story of the Portuguese charcoal con- tractor who followed the tradition of burying his profits I I I Neva, fa- thenat,0000f now Tybo's lost treasures by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society rather than banking them. He did well in the charcoal busi- ness, hb ing Chinese laborers to but pinon and juniper and operate his kilns. In June 1877, he did not return to Tybo where he had gone to hire more laborers. When his men investigated, they found him on the ground next to the road into town, dead of a broken neck, having apparently been thrown by his horse. He had no local relatives and several parties of men cam out to the kilns in subsequent weeks to IIIII II II III look into his supposed fortune. The woodcutters said that he would ride out to the northwest every few days and be gone less than an hour. They suspected that some $5,000 in gold coinage was buried out there somewhere, but later searches turned up nothing. Both the gambler's cache and the lost Portuguese char- coal profits have never been reported to have been located, go there is a chance that they are still somewhere in the vi- cinity. When this writer vis- ited Tybo some thirty years ago, a brick store still stood, as did a long wooden build- ing that appeared to have been a freight depot. There was also one resident still working a mining claim and serving as a caretaker and watchman for the town. He was not talkative and was none too pleased to have a visitor, so we remained less than two hours. Mine shafts riddled the area and the nearby charcoal kilns were somewhat intact. The road in from U,S. 6 was decent, pass- able with a passenger car, but those desiring to visit today should be prepared for any- thing, as is always the case in Nevada. PHOTO INSERT: Street scene, Tybo, 1874 NE- VADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTOGRAPH I Ill II I P