|Nevada Government & Politics|
|Early 20th Century|
The mine owners asked the governor of Nevada, John Sparks, to request federal troops to keep the peace. Governor Sparks requested the troops from President Theodore Roosevelt, and federal troops came from San Francisco. The situation was not as serious as Nevada's governor had indicated.
President Roosevelt ordered a commission to investigate the Goldfield situation. Their report concluded that the mine owners and the governor had manipulated the federal government to intervene in a situation that should have been handled by state officials.
As a result of the report, the President demanded that a state police force be created by a special session of the legislature. That was done in January 1908, and the state police replaced federal troops in Goldfield two months later.
Click the next four links
to hear recordings of the communications that passed between Governor
Sparks and President Roosevelt.
Reader: Doug Mishler (as
Roosevelt); Doug Southerland (as Sparks)
1: Nevada State Museum
2: Nevada State Museum
3: Nevada Historical Society
4: Nevada Historical Society