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Riches, Ranching & Railroads
(1850-1900)

Language and History of Emigrants

If you could be transported back to the 19th century, and take a walk down the streets of mining towns, farming communities, small towns, or large cities in Nevada, you might hear conversation in several different languages.  This group photographed in front of the Winnemucca train depot in 1884 might have included people speaking to each other in a language other than English.  Many of the people living in Nevada migrated to the state from other parts of America and other parts of the world.  They brought their language with them.  The diverse cultures of the newcomers, as well as those who had been in Nevada for years, could be clearly heard in the voices of the people.
 

Photo Credit:
Nevada Historical Society