February 23, 2024

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E Clampus Vitus : Copper Queen No. 1915 is Chartered on May 6, 2023 at it’s Headquarters in Wabuska, Nevada

Mason Valley, Nevada ~ Pizen Switch Times thanks Deborah DeGrendele for her photographs and information in this article.

Mason Valley residents have been wondering about recent activity observed at the well-known and historic Wabuska Bar. The iconic landmark, former railroad boarding house operated by Mary Veil and her family has been sitting vacant for nearly 3 decades since Mary passed away in 1993. (https://pizenswitchtimes.com/2021/06/12/mary-veils-wabuska-barnot-a-lonely-or-boring-existence/)

The newly-chartered Copper Queen No.1915 chapter of the E Clampus Vitus now own the Wabuska Bar and have been bringing it back to it’s historic polish. They began with the addition of an impressive solid cement historical marker in the shape of Nevada:

What does E Clampus Vitus mean and what does it stand for? According to Wikipedia, “The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV) is a fraternal organization dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of the American West, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area. There are chapters in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming. Members call themselves ‘Clampers.'”

Deborah DeGrendele wrote, “The “ instrument of Charter” is for the new ECV Chapter at Wabuska, named Copper Queen Chapter 1915. They are only 3 of the EVC Chapters who have their own building, out of all the Chapters in the West. The other two are, one in Virginia City, NV and one in Utah.”

Deborah went on to share photos of the, “Dedication of the Headquarters’s building of the Clampers, ECV, at Wabuska, NV” on May 6th, 2023:

On 05/06/2023  Deborah DeGrendele wrote: “… I was with the Pawn Stars history authenticity man, who used to work at the Clark County Museum! He was in town today for the Yerington Clampers “Copper Queen 1915” Headquarters dedication and this plaque dedication at our old elementary, now the Jeanne Dini Center. What a very interesting and intelligent man. Great day!”

Here are the photographs that Deborah  DeGrendele shared from the ECV Copper Queen No. 1915 Chartering Ceremony on May 6, 2023 in Wabuska, Nevada at the railroad crossing: