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     This is the Saga of the Historical 1871 Nevada State Prison Break. After a murderous shootout at the prison on the outskirts of Carson City, six of the twenty-nine escapees, carrying two Henry Repeating Rifles and fled south through the Pine Mountains.
     The gang, led by Charles Jones, sought to reach the Sierra Nevada to reach safety on the western side. After killing a mail rider near Sweetwater, Nevada, they traveled on into California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada where their atrocities continued.
     Hearing of their deeds, a posse from Benton Hot Springs followed the six desperados to beautiful Monte Diablo Lake above Long Valley and spotted them late in day on September 22. They decided to wait until morning to round up the convicts.
     Local cowman Alney McGee put up the lawmen for the night. The next morning a deadly gun battle took place and the posse was routed.
     Not long after the shoot out, local Mono and Inyo County residents renamed the site where Robert Morrison and Mono Jim Were Killed - Convict Lake.

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      A story spanning the historical events surrounding the daring 1871 escape from the Nevada State Prison and the frantic activities of those involved.
      The era’s most notorious highway men, train robbers and murderers fled into the high Nevada desert on a late September evening. Behind lie the dead and wounded. The grueling gun battle began in the Warder’s quarters and spread to the courtyard below.
      Beyond the confines of the prison, most of the men headed for the nearby Carson River. Others branched off into small parties, hoping to elude the lawmen that were surely to follow, and follow they did.
      Governor Bradley had the Virginia City Militia join the search for these desperados. Nearly every lawman in Nevada sought out their trail. Unfortunately the lives of several ordinary citizens were horribly impacted by the activities of these escapees.
     Over the next few months, their escapades were a hot topic of conversation. Newspapers reported nearly anything related to this murderous event and left to the reader to determine what was factual and what was fiction.

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