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Earning A Living
Territory & Statehood

Livelihoods in the Territory

A good source of information about the people of the past is a city directory.  The First Directory of the Nevada Territory provided a wide variety of facts, descriptions, and statistics.

Most people, however, set up businesses that provided supplies and services to miners and other citizens of the Territory.  In Carson City in 1862, W. D. Noland and W. D. Torreyson, advertised their services as blacksmiths and wagonmakers.  A. Fleishhacker operated a store at the corner of Musser and Carson streets, and provided a variety of goods, from hardware to groceries.  The building still stands today.

A portion of the 1862 listings for Dayton, Nevada Territory, indicates that the ways by which people earned their living in the territory were varied.  For example, Gideon Kunkel and Gabriel Kunkel were both miners who boarded at the Metropolitan Hotel.  J. Z. Kelly was a carpenter at Freeborn & Sheldon's Mill. F. H. Kennedy was an attorney-at-law.  Notice that on this single page of the directory, there are five different mills listed.  This indicates that milling companies were a significant source of employment in Dayton in 1862.

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Nevada State Library and Archives