DCHS speaker to tell story of forgotten pioneer
Bob Ellison will be Douglas County Historical Society’s monthly lecture speaker on Thursday.
Ellison is a longtime resident of Carson Valley and the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles and three books on Nevada history: “Territorial Lawmen of Nevada,” “First Impressions, the history of the emigrant trail through Carson Valley from 1848-1851,” and “Longbeard, the story of Warren Wasson.”
Ellison will tell the story of Richard Sassaway Watkins, forgotten pioneer, born in Maryland in 1826. With the discovery of the Comstock, Watkins came to the East Slope of the Sierra as one of its early pioneers. He became the first man to claim the ground where Carson City’s airport and hot springs are. When the Paiute Battle of 1860 arose, Watkins led the Silver City Guard in the first encounter. He was wounded but survived, according to a press release from DCHS.
The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville. Admission costs $3 and is free to DCHS members.