Monument to railroad goes up Saturday

CHLORIDE - The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus plans to construct a 6-foot tall monument in Cyanide Springs on property owned by the Chloride Historical Society.

Construction is set to begin during the wee hours of Saturday morning. Dedication ceremonies start at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The Clampers are presenting this honor in recognition of the railroad system that connected Chloride to Kingman until 1931.

Collaboration between the Lost Dutchman Chapter 5917+4 of Arizona and New Mexico and the Queho Posse Chapter 1919 of southern Nevada helped pave the way for the monument.

"We expect upwards of 200 'Clampers' to help (with) construction and dedicate this monument," said Barry Christensen, the past president of the Lost Dutchman chapter.

Mark Hall-Patton, who administers Las Vegas's Clark County Museum System and is a 'Clamper' as well, will present the monument during the dedication ceremony. Hall-Patton is often seen on the History channel's "Pawn Stars," where he is used to evaluate the

authenticity of items brought into the pawnshop because of his vast historical knowledge. He also wrote the monument's inscription.

ECV members are dedicated to the study, preservation and recognition of Western historical sites. It's said that the order started during the Christian Era - the period of time beginning with the birth of Jesus. The order spread throughout Europe and was carried to Asia by the Vituscan Fathers. The first U.S. order was established in Virginia and subsequently made it's way to California during the gold rush. Today, there are more than 40 chapters throughout western states.

For more information about the presentation in Chloride, call (928) 565-9777.