%> Nevada Riches: The Land and People of the Silver State
Nevada Government & Politics
Riches, Ranching & Railroads
(1850-1900)

Losing Parts of the Reservation

"[The Pyramid Lake reservation was established] in 1860, [and] was at first sixty miles long and fifteen wide.  The line is where the railroad now crosses the river, and it takes in two beautiful lakes, one called Pyramid Lake, and the one on the eastern side, Muddy Lake.  No white people lived there at the time it was given us.  We Piutes have always lived on the river, because out of those two lakes we caught beautiful mountain trout, weighing from two to twenty-five pounds each, which would give us a good income if we had it all, as at first.  Since the railroad ran through in 1867, the white people have taken all the best part of the reservation from us, and one of the lakes also. "
 
 
Reader: Alexandra Voorhees
 

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Nevada Historical Society