Lahontan

Lahontan

Lahontan, or Lahontan City, was established as a community for federal workers during the construction of Lahontan Dam. A dining hall was completed in April 1911, capable of feeding 300 people per shift, and the Lahontan post office was opened on November 15 of that same year. Lahontan was also home to a school, medical facility, billiard parlor, and library. The community's baseball team frequently played against the boys in Fallon. Another short-lived camp, Bohunkville, was established south of the dam site to house workers of Eastern Slav descent.

Once Lahontan Dam was completed in 1915, the town of Lahontan had seen its use. The post office closed May 31, 1916. The bunkhouse remained until at least the 1920s, but by 1935 no buildings were left. A bridge that crossed the Truckee Canal at Lahontan (on the Lincoln Highway) was saved by George Frey in 1933; after it was condemned he moved it to his ranch closer to Fallon (see Northam).

I Visited Lahontan
3.10.2011

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