Gerlach-Empire Lions Club

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The Gerlach-Empire Lions Club provided ambulance service to the area at one time.[1]

Timeline of the Gerlach-Empire Lions Club

  • 1953: Lions Club requests that Empire be added to the state map because it is the third largest town in Washoe County.[2]
  • 1954: Lions Club celebrated its first anniversary on March 22, 1954. Ellsworth Buffaloe was president. The meeting was held at the Stanley theater-restaurant (probably the Stanley Cafe).[3]
  • 1956: John James Thrasher was a member. [4]
  • 1957: Lions Club receives permission to have a fire engine, as long as the county is not liable for the actions of the fire fighters.[5][6]
  • 1950's - 1960's:
  • 1962: Joe Luchessi a member, Ernest M. Johnson, past president.[7]
  • 1964: Nevada Historical Society Photo: WA-915, " Great Boiling Springs Park, Springs Discovered and named by John C. Fremont 1844. Park being developed by Gerlach-Empire Lions Club," 1964, Nevada Historical Society. Picture of the sign for the springs. Note that the plural, "Springs," is used, not the singular that is on the map.
  • 1967: Lions Club Map
  • 1969: Nevada Regents Minutes: $100 awarded to Garrett Paschall. Garrett is the son of Ray Paschall, who owned the Frog (Garrett Ranch) Springs after the Garretts.
  • 1971:
    • Lions Ambulance Service Terminated [8]
    • Ambulance sold.[9]


  1. Ashley Powers, "An idle plant, an empty town killed by the housing bust," April 3, 2011, McClatchy-Tribune News Service.
  2. Nevada State Journal, "Empire wants on the map: It's Washoe's Third Largest Town!," July 24, 1953, p. 3.
  3. Nevada State Journal, "Items of Interest from Gerlach Area," March 28, 1954, p. 17.
  4. Nevada State Journal, "Gerlach Resident, Dies Here," p. 3, November 18, 1956.
  5. Reno Evening Gazette, "Commissioners Hear Protest on Dump Site," p. 39, February 5, 1957.
  6. Frank Johnson, "Ten Years of Hard Effort Gets Fire Department for Gerlach," March 27, 1957, p. 29. Large article with low resolution photos. Lions Club donates money.
  7. Reno Evening Gazette, " Four Seek Nomination from Northern Washoe," p 6, September 1, 1962.
  8. Nevada State Journal, "Gerlach-Empire Ambulance Service Forced to Close," p. 15, August 12, 1971
  9. Reno Evening Gazette, "$500 from Gerlach-Empire Lions Club: Area-wide anti-cancer drive off to a good start," December 2, 1972, p 5.