Date Conquered: 4/13/08
Nearest Intersection: Between 1st St & Conaway St
Quick Description: A marker remembering the extensive railroad history of Caliente.
Signed: No -- Historically, this marker was never signed.
| A nice placement for this marker? You be the judge.|
Spanning the background are the tracks for the Union Pacific RR, the overall foundation for this town and its existence. Caliente's bucolic vibe is more resembling of a trip to Utah rather than Nevada.
NOTES: This marker may be the most difficult to spot in Lincoln County. In short, the marker's location may be completely ridiculous! Although the location makes sense, it presents sheer inconvenience in terms of visibility. Slow down to 15MPH if you have to because you just might need it. As you curve left at the main junction, keep looking to your left. Park along the street and thank me later.
Exact description as reads ...
Caliente was first settled as a ranch, furnishing hay for the mining camps of Pioche and Delamar. In 1901, the famous Harriman-Clark right-of-way battle was ended when rancher Charles Culverwell, with the aid of a broadgauge shotgun, allowed one railroad grade to be built through his lush meadows. Harriman and Clark had been battling 11 years building side-by-side grades, ignoring court orders and Federal marshals.
The population boom began with an influx of railroad workers, most of them immigrants from Austria, Japan and Turkey. Not understanding the laws and customs of the land, racial conflicts were frequent. A tent city was settled in August, 1903.
With the completion of the Los Angeles, San Pedro and Salt Lake Railroad in 1905, Caliente became a division point. In 1906-07, the Caliente and Pioche Railroad (now the Union Pacific) was built between Pioche and the main line at Caliente. The large Neo-Mission-type depot was built in 1923, serving as a civic center, as well as a hotel.
| As this picture well shows, the streets of Caliente are dead on Sunday mornings.