Cherry Creek in White Pine County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Five miles south of here is Egan Canyon, where one of the oldest gold mines in Nevada was located. A stage station was located by Major Howard Egan in 1859 for Woodward & Chorpenning’s California Mail Co. In 1860, it was used by the Pony Express as a change station, and from 1861 to 1869 it was an Overland Stage station.
In 1864, a five-stamp mill, the first such in eastern Nevada, and a small mining camp were constructed. Most of the early activity had ceased by 1883, but in 1897 there was a great revival in mining activity which lasted into the early 1900’s. During this period, prior to the completion of the Nevada Northern Railroad in 1906, freight and passenger traffic was via long strings of massive freight wagons and stagecoaches from Toano and Wells. In 1933, the old mine was reopened and a new camp was built. Production from the Egan mine over the years has been approximately $3,000,000.
Erected 1969 by State of Nevada. (Marker Number 52.)
Marker series. Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 54.055′ N, 114° 53.165′ W. Marker is in Cherry Creek, Nevada, in White Pine County. Marker is on C Street. Touch for map. Located at east end of town. . Marker is in this post office area: Ely NV 89301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cherry Creek School (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pony Express (approx. 10½ miles away); The Lincoln Highway (approx. 10½ miles away); Schellbourne: Gateway to the Goshute Nation (approx. 10½ miles away); Schellbourne (approx. 10½ miles away).
Also see . . . New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Minor changes have been made to the marker for grammar and readability. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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