"What a lovely expanse of filldirt. Looks like the old addage rings true in Nevada -- even for the housing market ... for every boom in Nevada there must be a bust. Has #85 suffered the same fate? Wherever this marker is, chances are it's long gone. The problem with this one is going to finding the contact. I don't even know where to start with this one..." -- Journal Entry, August 2009
Original Date Visited: 8/14/09
Replacement Marker Dedication: April 2015
"... Several years ago, the Boy Scout Troop in Dayton restored the marker and the sign at that same turnout.
In a final statement, the owner barked:
"We don't want anyone to know where Sutro is. I'm glad because that marker really doesn't matter if people can't see the tunnel."
Unfortunately, some people fail to understand that history belongs to everybody. Even though an historic site may reside on private property, an historic marker (and all of its content) solidly belongs to the public. Thanks to the loss of  the many thousands of people who whizzed on by US 50 would never know the fascinating chapter of Adolph Sutro and his Tunnel.  was a prime example of the endless loop of research I, and many dedicated marker hunters were doing to find the whereabouts of our unfortunate MIAs.
Sutro was a town, a tunnel and a man. The orderly town was headquarters for the Sutro drainage tunnel. Adolph Sutro, German born, came to the Comstock in 1860. He advocated a drainage tunnel, visualizing development of the Comstock resource by a system long used to drain and explore mineral deposits.
By 1865, his vision gained approval of state and federal legislation. However, the mining interests, having at first supported the tunnel, became strongly opposed.
When construction began in 1869, it was first financed by the mine workers, since the tunnel would improve mine safety. Later, the funding came from international bankers.
The main tunnel broke through in 1878. Lateral tunnels were extended and the project drained, ventilated and serviced the Comstock as planned. When the tunnel was proven, Adolph Sutro sold his interest in the tunnel company and returned to San Francisco. A "magnificent hole in the ground" remains.
It's nice to see this marker back at its proper home just outside of Dayton!
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