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The Austin City Railway was a narrow gauge railroad built in 1881 by Allan A. Curtis from the terminus of the Nevada Central Railway at Clifton, Nevada, to the Manhattan Silver Mining Company mines, less than three miles away. The railroad went out of business in 1889. The collection includes surveys, and transit and level notes for the railroad route, showing geographical features, roads, and buildings.
Jacob Trolson was an Austin, Nevada assayer; Melville Curtis was a mineral surveyor and Lander County Surveyor from 1876-1878. The collection contains assay, survey, level, and transit books, as well as township plats of Austin, Nevada, and diaries of Trolson and Curtis.