Clemens HereSource: Wyoming Tribune - Cheyenne, WY
Date Published: 1906-08-30
Former Wyoming Editor Now Publishing Big Paper in Rhyolite, Nevada.
Earl R Clemens, the young man who wrote the music of the Wyoming state song and introduced it all over the commonwealth, was in Cheyenne today en route to his home in Rhyolite, Nev., the rapidly growing metropolis of the Bullfrog mining district. Mr. Clemens was formerly editor of the Grand Encampment (Wyo.) Herald, and is now one of the publishers of the Rhyolite Herald, a well patronized eight-page weekly which has been dispersing news of the new country since the inception of the town of Rhyolite, about sixteen months ago.
Speaking of his enterprise and the country in general, Mr. Clemens said:
"The Bullfrog mining district has been blessed with unusual prosperity and has the promise of becoming the most important mining section in Nevada, which has a number of way-up camps, from which millions of dollars have-been produced in gold and silver mining.
"I caught the Nevada fever when 'Bullfrog' was in the pollywog stage, and shipped a small outfit 280 miles overland to the embryonic city of Rhyolite, which was experiencing its first rush in May, 1904. For some months we did business in a tent printed on a hand press, and went through all the experiences of the pioneer printer. My Partner, G T Keene, came on the scene in July. A few months later we got located in a real frame building. Today we have one of the finest equipped offices in Southern Nevada, and print eight pages regularly, with twelve pages during the rush months.
"The development of the Bullfrog district is duplicating the history of Tonopah and Goldfield, except in immediate phenomenal output, the ore bodies being large, but not of the way-up grades of the other camps.
"Schwab, Newhouse, Gates, Senator Clark and all of the big ones have interests there, 'Schwab's merger,' as we term it, having been secured on the basis of $5,000,000, one half of which was paid to one man.
"Three railroads are building into Rhyolite -- the Los Angeles & Tonopah, The Tonopah & Tidewater, and The Bullfrog-Goldfield. The first named road is completed nearly to Rhyolite, and all three will be finished within a year.
"There is an abundance of water, plenty of ore, and there will be all kinds of transportation facilities; and with those favorable conditions the district is bound to be prosperous and permanent.
"Prices are high, with wages in proportion. We pay our printers $5 for eight hours. Home made ice is 3 1/2 cents a pound; distilled water ice, 5c. We have three ice plants in the district; also five banking houses, three newspapers, telephone exchanges telegraph, schools, three water works systems furnishing Rhyolite with water, and many other up-to-date conveniences, with electricity promised this winter. Much travel is made in automobiles, there being regular service.
"It is a wonderful-country in many respects, and is rapidly coming up into one of importance. The first discovery of gold was made August 9, 1904, so that the growth is nothing short of phenomenal."
On his present trip Mr. Clemens and his wife have traveled from coast to coast. Mr. Clemens will stop at Grand Encampment en route to Nevada.
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Submitted: 12/26/09 (Edited 01/08/10)