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

Middlegate Station

 
 
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By Trev Meed, April 3, 2013
1. Middlegate Station Marker
Inscription. Middlegate was named in 1850 by James Simson as he mapped the route for the Overland Stage Company. In his journal he writes that he thought the cuts in the mountains looked like 'gates' so he named each cut Westgate, Middlegate, and Eastgate to identify the route he took across the desert. It was at this spot at Middlegate that in 1859 the Overland Stage & Freight Company built a station to serve the gold and silver mines near Tonopah and east to Ely. When the Pony Express began service on April 3, 1860 Middlegate station served as a changing station on the route for 18 months until October 24, 1861 when the completion of the Pacific Telegraph line ended the need for its existence. Middlegate continued to serve as a stage and freight station until the early 1900's to deliver personnel and much needed supplies to the gold and silver mines in eastern Nevada until the mines closed. Automobiles soon came into service and the Lincoln Highway replaced the long and uncomfortable stage routes. The romantic drama surrounding the Pony Express and early history of the area has made Middlegate Station part of the legend of the American West.
 
Erected 2011 by E Clampus Vitus - Snowshoe Thompson Chapter 1827.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, the Lincoln Highway, and the Pony Express National Historic Trail
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By Trev Meed, April 3, 2013
2. Middlegate Station Marker
marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.231′ N, 118° 1.608′ W. Marker is in Middlegate, Nevada, in Churchill County. Marker can be reached from Nevada Route 361 south of Lincoln Highway (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fallon NV 89406, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fairview Peak Earthquake Faults (approx. 5.6 miles away); Wonder (was approx. 7.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Wagon Jack Shelter (approx. 7.7 miles away); Measuring Earthquakes (approx. 8.3 miles away); Fairview (approx. 10.1 miles away); Rock Creek (approx. 11.8 miles away); The Pony Express (approx. 11.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Middlegate Station. Middlegate was named by James Simpson in his journal "Across the Great Basin in 1859." He named the cuts in the mountains "gates" to identify the route he took across the desert. His exploration served the stage lines and wagon trains that crossed the country. (Submitted on October 10, 2015.) 
 
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By Trev Meed, April 3, 2013
3. Middlegate Station Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 8, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada.   2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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