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Lander County Offices (Lander County Courthouse)
This structure is a late manifestation of the Greek Revival style. Such time lags were typical of nineteenth-century Nevada. Dan P. Bell, a mining engineer, designed the two-story brick courthouse, which features a stone foundation, five-bay facade, and double-door entry with transom. Windows and doors are arranged symmetrically on both stories. The gable roof rises above a brick denticulated cornice, and a small oculus decorates the pediment.
Over time, the mines around Austin failed. In the mid-twentieth century U.S. 50 helped the economy to a certain extent by bringing travelers through central Nevada, but with the opening of I-80 to the north, fewer people passed through this old mining town. In 1979 the county government moved to Battle Mountain but retained the old courthouse for use as county offices.
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