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22 Thursday, March 13, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette p,- ............ Gazette on the street... What do you think about the United States continuing to support the United Nations? Pahrump Pahrump Pahrump Pahrump JERRY CROSBY -- Retired business owner -- "I believe in it. This country has to hold it together." SUE WEBER -- Housewife -- "Supporting the UN isn't bad as long as we don't give anymore money to another country. We have to much to take care of at home." NORMAN VALINE-- Retired city worker -- "I think look into it further. We dropped the ball so many times world we need to really see what the more cooperation between the UN." real problem is." countries. We need the UN to keep down the threat of war: We should not be the main contributor, we should share the responsiblies?' Compiled by Gazette otographers i i i i i i i Gdl 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 -111 8 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump Nevaah- then at, z( now / L Although mining and communities associated with mining tend to dominate the literature of Nevada's history, lumbering was an important element in the state's economy a century ago and has left many remnants and historical sites. The remains of turning operations can still be found in the Sierra, as can ephemeral lumber camps and such lumber towns as Boca, Franktown, Galens, Hutfaker, Mill City, Ophir, Verdi, Crystal Peak and Hobart Mills. Located eight miles north of Truckee, California, Hobart Mills was the last of the big operations, finally shutting down in 1937. Today, there are few physical remains, visitors being remined of the history of the site only by a granit marker bearing a bronze plaque which pays tribute to Walter Scott Hobart Sr., founder of the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company. Established in 1896 as a company town bearing the name Overton, the community became Hobart in 1900 and Hobart Mills in 1917. W.S. Hobart had been involved in lumbering in the Lake Tahoe Basin since the late 1860's and he and his partners had extensive land and timber holdings, some 21,000 acres, from Crytal Bay south to just beyond today's Sand Harbor. These included the townsite of present- day Incline Villiage and seven and one-half miles of Lake Tahoe beachfmnt. The operation also included the Hobart Estate Railroad and numerous feeder rail lines into the logging areas. Some six hundred to eight hundred men were employed in the forests and the population of the eormnumty averaged about 2,000. Company officialut much emphasis on the hiring of men with es rathextl, single loggers and millmen, providing them with families rattmr than single loggers and millmen, providing them with modem housing, sanitation facilities, a lll l / Hobert Mills: Lumber Ghost Town by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society hospital and a school. Like many company towns in the American West, Hobart Mills was "dry", no saloons or liquor stores, nor was there gambling or prostitution. Truckee was close, however, as was Reno, and both towns provided everything that anyone could want. The rmlroad was sold to the Southern Pacific in May 1932, becoming the Hobart Southem, By 1935, the 65,000 acres of timber were nearly depleted and company afficials were making plans to shut the operation down. The last of the Hobarts,Walter S. Hobart Jr., had died on Novembre 9, 1933 and logging operations were terminated in late August 1936. The last log was run through the mill on September 25. Some planing and custom work continued for another year, until operations were suspended permanently on October 30, 1937. The direct current generator was disconnected and the lines of the Sierra Pacific Company brought only enough electricity to supply lights for the caretaker and the few houses still occupied. Broker Norman Blitz negotiated the sale of the Lake Tahoe estate holdings to George Whittell in November 1937 and the Hobart Mill townsite, the logged- out acreage and the railroad were purchased by the Los Angeles Iron and Steel Company in July 1938. At that time, fifty-five houses still stood, thirty of them occupied by men emplayed on the construction of nearby Boca Dam. Men involved in a Civilian Conservation Corps reforestation project later lived at Hobart Mills also. Joseph E. Lensberg, president of the Los Angeles Iron and Steel Company, had plans for developing a resort on the site - equestrian facilities, fishing, hiking wails, ice skating on the mill pond and skiing [ - and tried to interest Hollywood! friends in shooting filme on location there, but nothing came of his scheme. In 1939, a fire destroyed the mill and box factory. Much of the machinery had been sold for scrap by that time and only a few houses were occupied. The end came when the post office closed on December 31, 1939. The Hobart Southern tracks were being taken up at the time of the fire and eight of the ten locomotives were in storage in San Francisco. The W.S. Hobart was in use on the track project and the J.W. Bowker was at the New York World's fair. The Bowker had previously been used in the filming of John Ford's "Union Pacific" in Utah and eastern Nevada and is today on exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. PHOTO INSERT: Hobart Mills, early 1930's NEVADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PHOTOGRAPH