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Fallon in Churchill County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Sand Mountain Pony Express Station

A Practical Design

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 24, 2008
1. Sand Mountain Pony Express Station Marker
Inscription. Two small rooms at the southwest end of the station were originally one large room and shared a common wood floor. The wall which now separates the two rooms was built on top of the floor some time later. The center room was probably used for battery storage when the Transcontinental Telegraph Company occupied the station.

A shallow, stone well was constructed in the small northwest room. Wire and iron hooks found here suggest there was a windlass or other device to raise water from the well. The room also had a firepit used for blacksmithing and cooking. The stations; occupants could not rely on the desert to provide food. Their diet consisted mainly of items such as beef, mutton, goat, dries fruit, beans and canned goods brought in by supply wagons.

The larger rooms were used to store equipment and supplies, and as a stable and corral for the horses. Pony Express riders used small, quick horses. The freighters used mules or larger, stronger horses such as Morgans. Draft horses, such as Clydesdales, were not common since they required too much feed and water. Many emigrants favored oxen, and occasionally oxen were used to bring supplies to the station.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 

Sand Mountain Pony Express Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 24, 2008
2. Sand Mountain Pony Express Station Marker
17.462′ N, 118° 25.09′ W. Marker is in Fallon, Nevada, in Churchill County. Marker can be reached from US Highway 50 (U.S. 50). Touch for map. Sand Mountain is about 20-25 miles east of Fallon, NV off of Highway 50. Take the road (north) that leads toward Sand Mountain Recreation Area, follow the signs to the Pony Express Station parking area, then walk. Marker is in this post office area: Fallon NV 89406, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sand Mountain (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pony Express Route (approx. 8.3 miles away); Fairview (approx. 10.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Nevada’s best preserved Pony Express station -- Nevada Appeal. Famed British explorer Sir Richard Burton wasn't much impressed by the Sand Springs Pony Express Station when he spent a night there on October 17, 1860.
"The water near this vile hold was thick and stale with sulphury salts: it blistered even the hands,"...
(Submitted on December 7, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Sand Mountain Pony Express Station image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 24, 2008
3. Sand Mountain Pony Express Station
Sand Mountain Pony Express Station image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 24, 2008
4. Sand Mountain Pony Express Station
Sand Mountain Pony Express Station image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 24, 2008
5. Sand Mountain Pony Express Station
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 24, 2008
6. Local Resident
Post Marking the Pony Express Trail image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 24, 2008
7. Post Marking the Pony Express Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 623 times since then. Last updated on December 5, 2018, by Teri Ligon of Carson City, Nevada. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 17, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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