This is a prosperous cattle ranch in the Sierra Valley on the way to Reno, Nevada. By this time of the year most of the grasses have turned tawny, but the trees are just beginning to turn. The Sierra Valley was settled mostly by Italian-Swiss colonists, who came here to mine gold and found that they could make more money with ranching and feeding the miners. If you go to an old graveyard there are mostly Italian names on the tombstones, and some of the descendants still live and ranch here.
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Sharkey Family Cemetery, Irish. Native of Kerry County. Ink and watercolor. Tombstone inscription: “how strange Oh God who reigns on high, That I should come so far to die. And leave my friends where I was bred. To lay my bones with strangers dead. But I have hopes when I arise. To dwell with them beyond the skies.