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Summit City / Meadow Lake
GPS *** N39'40  W120'49 *** elev. 7200'
  
  
 
 
 
SUMMIT CITY / MEADOW LAKE
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IN  JUNE  OF  1863,  THE  TRAPPER  HENRY  HARTLEY  DISCOVERED  GOLD  BEARING  ORE  HERE
AND  STAKED  OUT  THE  EXCELSIOR  COMPANY  CLAIMS.  EXAGGERATED  REPORTS  AND  A  1865
MARKET  PANIC  IN  THE  COMSTOCK  MINES  OF  VIRGINIA  CITY  BROUGHT  THOUSANDS  OF  MINERS
OVERNIGHT  TO  THE  SUPPOSED  'LITTLE COMSTOCK'  OF  SUMMIT  CITY.  WITHIN  TWO  YEARS  AN
INCORPORATED  TOWN,  RENAMED  MEADOW  LAKE  GREW  TO  ENCOMPASS  160  ACRES  WITH
4,000  SUMMER  RESIDENTS  AND  OVER  500 BUILDINGS,  INCLUDING  200  BUSINESS  HOUSES,
A STOCK  EXCHANGE,  DAILY  NEWSPAPER,  POST  OFFICE,  SCHOOL,  6 BREWERIES  AND  80 SALOONS.
STREETS  WERE  LAID  OUT  GRID  FASHION,  WITH  A  9,000  FOOT  PLAZA  ON  THE  LAKE-
SHORE.  AN  EXCURSION  VESSEL  FERRIED  REVELERS  TO  FOUR  HURDY-GURDY  HOUSES  AT
THE  LAKE'S  UPPER  END.  THE  WINTER  OF  1866-1867  BROUGHT  30  FEET  OF  SNOW.  WITH
THE  "SNOWSHOE EXPRESS"  DELIVERING  MAIL  THROUGH  CISCO.  IN  ALL,  THE  EIGHT  STAMP
MILLS  IN  A  DISTRICT  OF  10,910 CLAIMS  FAILED  TO  EXTRACT  THE EXPECTED  GOLD
FROM  ITS  "REBELLIOUS ORE"  THE  OPTIMISM  FADED,  AND  THE  TOWN  DECLINED  WITH  LIKE
RAPIDITY.  JULY  OF  1869  FOUND  80 RESIDENTS.  BY  1873  ONLY  HARTLEY  "THE HERMIT"
REMAINED.  HIS  GRAVE  IS  ON  A  HILLSIDE  TO  THE  WEST  OF  TOWN.
 
DEDICATED  SEPTEMBER 17, 1995,  CLAMPYEAR 6000
BY
WM. BULL  MEEK   WM. MORRIS  STEWART
MAJOR  WM. DOWNIE
CHIEF  TRUCKEE
CHAPTERS  OF
E  CLAMPUS  VITUS