Well this is medium age Sheriff Stone here back on line. For some of you it's been a long time since you've heard from us here at Gold Point. For others it's been only since this morning. I'll try to fill you all in on what's happened here and what's going to happen.
Looking back at the last Gold Point Gleaming it has been exactly 2 years ago today since the last one. Ironic, isn't it? I've been trying for a while to get this out. I guess it took an anniversary to get it done.
To begin with I've not written for two reasons. Reason # 1 was because it was too impractical to do it with web tv. I couldn't address it to hundreds of people with a click of a button. This has been resolved by getting a "real" computer here in Gold Point. We have been connected to the internet recently by satellite via Direcway. Ya gotta love modern technology. What do you think the old miners would think about it. Reason # 2 was because we moved the trailer out of Vegas and shut off web tv when Red Dog Lil (Sandra) got laid off last December. She got a job as Administrative Assistant to the Esmeralda County Commissioners 2 week later.
I'll try to bring you up to speed on what's been going on here the last two years in a readers digest version.
After the saloon extension two years ago no earth shattering news happened here till earlier this year. We did our normal routine with the bed and breakfast guest and continued little things around here. The bed and breakfast is two and one half years old now and is doing well. More guests year after year.
For those of you who have yet to check out our website lately, you should do it at(www.goldpointghosttown.com). We've expanded it a lot in the last couple of years. Even as recently as last week we've added a "special events" page. Other pages have been the Mercantile and Music of Gold Point pages. Also tons of pictures have been added since the beginning. You can purchase items such as Gold Point T-shirts and Hats. The Music of Gold Point was written by Silvia Sterns of Omaha, Nebraska. She read one of the articles on Gold Point 2 years ago and asked if she could write a song about Gold Point to sell in our gift shop to help the restoration of the old buildings. I said I'd keep it short, remember, so the readers digest version is she did plus 10 other songs. I might be a little prejudice but they're great. Check out the two samples by going to that page. Her son Paul, makes the cd's off the computer and records on cassette, including a picture of Gold Point on the album covers. Her friend and musician, Phil Coley of the Watusi Band in Georgia, sings most of the songs. He has a great voice to listen to. There is also more news articles on the Gold Point in the News page. There will be more things added in the near future.
Earlier this year I started re-roofing some of the old miners cabins. Putting on cedar wood shingles and making them look like original.
We've also started work on a 4th cabin for the B & B. This one will be called the Radkie House, named after the man who moved two cabins in from the old ghost town of Stateline back in the early 70's. He put them lengthwise together and "kinda" fixed them up to make one larger cabin. It was ok for him but needed a lot of work to make it worth staying in for our guests. It will have a bathroom with running water and will be the largest cabin so far. We had to take it down to the original walls which are papered with 1934 Saturday Evening Post pages. We are framing the wall behind the bed with a glass window so guests can see the way it used to be. It will have a little caboose stove along with the base heat and air conditioning. It should be ready, we hope, by Thanksgiving.
Another major project was to put in a 400 amp service for the main house area. This project included 300 feet of trenching to bury the wires in conduit. We also put in two water lines. One going towards the trailer park and the other for Red Dog Lil's Laundree cabin. I had to put that one in as a "honey do". All you guys out there will understand that one. lol. We ran a separate 200 amp service out to the trailer park for better service. We took the pole off the house and cleaned that mess of wires up. The laundry room and the tool shop area were also upgraded so as to not pop any more breakers.
Now for some really great news. We are forming a legal volunteer fire department in Gold Point. We are getting some funding from the county. They have also given us 3 old firetrucks to fix up. We also collect money from all the tips in the saloon. Someday we'll even build a firehouse that looks like all the rest of the old buildings in town. They have recently sent out a 10,000 gallon tank for water storage. We've acquired an 11 horse 2 and 1/2 inch pump for the old military firetruck. We have a water leak to fix up in the engine area and need to get new tires but the 1000 gallon tank is good. It's just a matter of plumbing.
To get more funds we had our 1st annual Fireman's Benefit Chili Cook-off this last Memorial Day Weekend. It went great. We had 15 entries and over 200 people showed up for the weekend. I'd say that was pretty good for the 1st one. We heard a lot of good news about it so we expect it to be bigger and better next year. By popular secret vote my sister, Rosemary, won first prize. Momma Hicks won first place by the official judges. There were 3 trophies for each category. 6 different people took home trophies. The merchants from Goldfield and Tonopah and others graciously donated prizes for our raffle. We raised $1500.00 that weekend. We've used that plus the county's help to purchase fire extinguishers for every building in town, whether residents are living in them or not. Money will also be used to get the first fire truck up and running. If you would like to donate to our fire department please make checks out to Gold Point Volunteer Fire Department and mail to same at Star Route 30, Gold Point, Nevada 89013. Our neighbors, Dan and Diane, have done a lot to help out in the fire department. They have previous experience in another fire department in Walker Lake, Nevada. Dan is a contractor and has used his experience helping out a lot in other projects in Gold Point. They are both part of our High Desert Drifters shootout club.
Next event was bringing back Wiley Days. This was our fourth of July celebration. The last one was in 1992. Too hard and long to explain why we quit for 10 years but now it's back and that is what's important. Our first one after 10 years was a lot smaller than the last one. We had over 50 show up to help hold the large flag while patriotic music played for 20 minutes or so. I know next year will be a lot larger turnout. We even had fireworks, donated to us by Esmeralda County. I guarantee the fireworks display will be a lot larger also because we're going to throw in extra money.
Now for current events... You see, I've kept this kinda short like promised. Next week is Goldfield's Centennial Celebration and 3rd Annual Land Rush. The High Desert Drifters of Gold Point have put together a float for the parade. There is about 100 entries. We've had wooden nickels made up like the old days and are going to pass them out. They are of course good for one free drink. Our new friends of the last year, Jim and Cindy of Vegas are setting up a booth to sell rock specimens and jewelry made of gems and other items. We will be selling our t-shirts and Gold Point music albums. Cindy and Jim have been coming up occasionally for a while now and helping out. Cindy has done a lot in the old Post Office and Store Museum re-arranging displays and such.
For Labor Day Weekend we have a huge Bluegrass and Country Jamboree planned including a Bar-B-Q with 8 different kinds of meat. Rib eye, pork ribs, pork tri tip, beef tri tip, bratwurst, kielbasa, chicken,& brisket. Pardner Walter and friend Pat will be building a big barbeque next week for this event. Pat is a master at cooking and barbequing. We have three bands up for the weekend. Bluegrass is by the Blue Diamond Band of Blue Diamond, Nevada. Goldrush is a country duo from Las Vegas and the Kingston Canyon Band from Austin, Nevada is a classic country rock band for the evenings. You can check out the poster if you go to our website and go to the "special events" page. Most of you remember back in 69 in a field in upper New York state their was a festival called "Woodstock". Well being in Nevada and the wide open range and such I thought we'd call this event "Livestock". What do you think? Catchy, ain't it?
I will now close by saying thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you if you would like to have more information on anything. I promise to write more often in the future now that I have the capabilities. Probably right after the Labor Day Weekend Jamboree, I mean Livestock Jamboree.
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Happy Trails and Sunsets,