Don’t trust the map
The map shows Sundown Town, an amusement park that was near Joy Lake in the hills between Washoe City and the Mount Rose Highway. It was built in the 1960s by Buster Keaton Jr. and later sold to a Sacramento firm. The park burned down before the decade was out.
The map also still shows Fleish, a hamlet between Verdi and the California border that existed in the first decade of the 20th century.
Closer to Reno on the map is Lawton, a railroad station and the one-time site of Lawton’s Hot Springs, a swimming pool that was on the former Highway 40 between McCarran Boulevard and Mogul. A train was robbed there on April 25, 1869, when it was called Hunter’s Crossing. It later became known as Lawton’s, a corruption of Laughton, the name of a family that operated the pool. Today, the site is surrounded by Reno and is the site of the shuttered River Inn.
Some abandoned mining camps of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Como and Olinghouse, are also posted at MapQuest. The mining district of Wedekind northeast of Reno is shown. A town called Twin Flat is shown between Gold Hill and Silver City and Lake Tahoe has a town called Rampart.
A MapQuest spokesperson said, “Maps and driving directions on MapQuest are created using our proprietary software and information licensed from national data vendors. This mapping data is collected by our data vendor partners.”
Those vendors are Tele Atlas and Navteq. Both firms operate internationally.
The Map Quest spokesperson added, “Currently, we are updating the data used by our Web site every calendar quarter” but also said there was no guarantee when the issue of stale information would be addressed.
Because these forgotten Nevada place names are on map pages, they have subsequently been posted on other Web pages. OfficialCitySites. org, for example, is a page created by its readers, and its listing for Sundown Town still awaits contributors who can provide information to the site on the town’s commerce, economic development and tourism.
Www.PlaceNames.com provides information on facilities for visitors to Fleish, which it lists at latitude 39.48139, longitude 119.99278, and 5,070 feet elevation. However, the facilities aren’t conveniently located. For example, it recommends Reno Travelodge, as a hotel: “9.6 Miles From Fleish.”
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