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Jacobsville

 
 
Jacobsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
1. Jacobsville Marker
Inscription. Site of the town of Jacobsville is one-half mile north. Founded on the banks of the Reese River in 1859 by George Washington Jacobs who was the first sheriff of Lander County, farmer and businessman, it was the Overland Stage and Mail station and became a Pony Express stop in 1860. In the early 60's, it had a population of about 400 people, and boasted of the first telegraph relay station, a post office, court house, three stores and two hotels.

It was the first county seat of Lander County comprising practically all of northeastern Nevada. The county seat was moved to the more population town of Austin the same year it was established in Jacobsville. The only remnants are a few stones used in the foundations. The Reese River, just west of here, was discovering by the exploring party of John Reese in 1854.
 
Erected by Nevada State Park System, Austin Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 66.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 29.574′ N, 117° 11.029′ W. Marker is in Austin, Nevada, in Lander County. Marker is on U.S. 50 at milepost 17.5, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin NV 89310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Jacobsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
2. Jacobsville Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Austin Cemetery (1863) (approx. 5.3 miles away); Stokes Castle (approx. 5.5 miles away); Austin (approx. 5.6 miles away); International Hotel (approx. 5.9 miles away); Austin City Hall (approx. 6 miles away); St. Augustine (approx. 6 miles away); Austin Masonic and Oddfellows Hall (1867) (approx. 6 miles away); The Pony Express (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
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.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Jacobsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
3. Jacobsville Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 23, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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