"There is no excuse why #185 should be missing. I'd like someone to explain this to me: why is a section of PUBLIC state-owned highway labeled as PRIVATELY owned? Even the NDOT official didn't understand. Clearly whoever "owns" the McCone's turnout really needs to an evaluation. At least we have found this marker for all to see. I just wish all MIAs turned up this way." -- Journal Entry, May 2008
Original Date Visited: 5/30/08
The Conquering of Marker 185
We stopped all fun that day for a religious investigation and received a nice chunk of information from the NDOT official in the yard who permitted us to see the markers. Apparently, the turnout where  was placed under "PRIVATE PROPERTY" and NDOT was ordered by the SHPO to remove it to prevent further conflict. It has since never been replaced. We were told as long as that turnout is privately owned there were no plans in the works to get it back up. Strangely even he was confused as to why that turnout was a privately-owned parcel of land considering that the highway itself is state-owned! (All turnouts along state highways are supposed to belong to the state.) To help confirm our findings fellow marker hunter (Air Force) Dave S, was conducting his own investigation and contacted me for help. He sent this picture that he took in 2002, a rare photo of the marker's better days ...
(NDOT) were "just waiting for the forces at be" to give them the okay to re-locate  somewhere else.
UPDATE! (September 2015)
Messers, Mead, McCone and Tascar first established a foundry in this area in 1862 at Johntown two miles southeast of here in Gold Canyon. After two years they moved their operation to this point and erected a large granite building. John McCone became the sole proprietor in 1866.
A fire on May 15, 1872, left nothing standing but the walls.
McCone then bought the Fulton Foundry in Virginia City and made it the largest in the state; 110 men were employed at its peak.
All the early castings of the Virginia and Truckee Railway were manufactured at Fulton's.
The largest casting (in its time) poured on the Pacific Coast was made at Fulton's on December 11, 1880.
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