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From its inception in 1862 Lander County’s courthouse has moved around with the ebbs and flows of population. The first, in Jacobsville, was a simple wooden affair. But then a newly-discovered vein of silver in Austin prompted the county to move its seat—and its courthouse—to Austin just a few months after the building’s completion. In an effort to encourage more permanence, officials planned a monumental brick courthouse, completed in 1872 at a cost of $30,000. Austin lost its position as the county seat in 1979 when Battle Mountain gained that distinction. Now the former courthouse in Austin serves as a regional county facility.
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