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Near Ely in White Pine County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Schellbourne

 
 
Schellbourne Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, June 15, 2007
1. Schellbourne Marker
Inscription.  Schellbourne, in the foothills of the Schell Creek Range, was a Shoshone village site long before it began its recent historic career in 1859. Captain James Simpson passed through the site and this point, looking for a short route across the Great Basin. That same year an overland stage and mail station was built at Schellbourne. In 1860, the Pony Express Company used the same facilities, and when the telegraph arrived in 1863, it passed over this same route.

During the rush to Virginia City mines in 1859 and 1860, it became necessary for the army to send troops to this point to protect the personnel of that western pilgrimage.

Silver ore was discovered in the mountains immediately to the east of Schellbourne in the early 1870's, and it became part of the Aurum Mining District in 1871. An active mining camp developed, with a population of over 500 persons. By 1885, the ore had been mostly depleted and the camp abandoned. The district and adjacent valley were then acquired by "Uncle Billy" Burke as a ranch. Schellbourne has operated as the headquarters for various ranches since that time.
 
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Nevada State Park System, White Pine Public Museum. (Marker Number 51.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsNatural ResourcesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
 
Location. 39° 47.836′ N, 114° 44.462′ W. Marker is near Ely, Nevada, in White Pine County. Marker is on U.S. 93 at milepost 93, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ely NV 89301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schellbourne: Gateway to the Goshute Nation (here, next to this marker); The Lincoln Highway (here, next to this marker); The Pony Express (a few steps from this marker); The Crowds Cheered On ... (within shouting distance of this marker); Speedy Riders (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
Schellbourne Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, June 15, 2007
2. Schellbourne Marker
Pony Express Centennial Trail Medallion image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, June 15, 2007
3. Pony Express Centennial Trail Medallion
Schellbourne Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, May 30, 2013
4. Schellbourne Marker
The site of Schellbourne is located three miles behind the marker. The Schell Creek Range is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,769 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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