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Author speaks Thursday at Carson Valley Museum

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Michael Makley, author of “The Hanging of Lucky Bill,” will be the guest speaker Thursday at the Douglas County Historical Society lecture series. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Carson Valley Museum, 1477 Highway 395 N, Gardnerville. For more information, call (775) 782-2555.

“Lucky” Bill Thorington lived in the Carson Valley in the 1850s. He was well known all over the territory as a gambler, but a man who would help anyone in need. In the spring of 1858, vigilantes rode into the Carson Valley and arrested a group of men they accused of murder and thievery. Lacking solid evidence, all were released except Thorington. He was brought before a vigilante court in Genoa, Nev. The gallows were being built during the trial, before the verdict was in, and Lucky Bill was hanged.

This is a true story that is filled with all the major players during the founding of Carson City and the Carson Valley — Major Ormsby, Henry Van Sickle, Luther Olds, H.F. Danberg and Elzy Knott.

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