The Nellie Cashman Monument

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This stone monument commemorates Nellie (Ellen) Cashman as Midleton’s Wild West heroine. She was born in Midleton in October 1845, just as the Great Famine began. When she was five years old, Nellie’s family emigrated to Boston, USA. Ten years later they moved to San Francisco. From there she set off for British Colombia during the Cassiar gold rush. She is celebrated for rescuing miners trapped by snowstorms. Later she ran a hotel and restaurant in Tombstone, Arizona, where she directed the sheriff on keeping law and order and was known to such characters as Wyatt Earp. After Joining the Klondike gold rush in 1896, Nellie Cashman settled in Alaska and was appointed a deputy US Marshal there in the early 1920s.