From the Ask Joe file, our question comes from a student at Jessie Beck Elementary School in Reno.
Joe stopped by the school this week for Nevada Reading Week and Grace, a second-grader in Mrs. York's class, wanted to know how the town of Battle Mountain got its name. So Joe told her that he would find out and answer the question on the air.
Grace, Joe did some checking on this and found Battle Mountain, which is the Lander County seat, was founded back in 1870.
Where the name comes from is a bit of a mystery.
According to Battle Mountain's tourism website, there was a prospector back in the day who discovered some copper mines there, but in the process in 1857, his group and some government surveyors who were checking out the area came under attack from some Native Americans.
Several battles ensued and the story goes that is where the name Battle Mountain came from.
A few years later, the railroad moved into town and that's when the town officially formed.
However, Joe also checked with Guy Rocha, the former state archivist, and he says Battle Mountain is just one of those towns where it's not 100 percent clear how accurate those stories and where the name really came from. Either way, its an intriguing name and a great little town located halfway between Winnemucca and Elko. If you get a chance to stop by and check it out.
And one final note, thanks to Grace and all the kids in Mrs.York's class at Jessie Beck Elementary for inviting Joe out to read to them this week!