“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Silver Springs in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Desert Well Station

Overland Mail And Stage Station

Desert Well Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, circa 2014
1. Desert Well Station Marker
Inscription. Located approximately one mile south are the remains of a typical stage station of the period 1843 to 1869. An era of transition between the arrival of the first emigrant wagon trains and the completion of the Trans-Continental Railroad.

Desert Well Station, which was later known as Nelson's, achieved a measure of fame when Mark Twain wrote of his experience there in Roughing It. The original site featured two wells, an inn, and corrals. One of the wells was used exclusively by camels brought to the Nevada Desert to haul salt to the mines on the Comstock.
Erected by Nevada State Park System. Ms. Ethel Lawson. (Marker Number 177.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 21.846′ N, 119° 21.929′ W. Marker is near Silver Springs, Nevada, in Lyon County. Marker is at the intersection of Cheyenne Drrive and Lincoln Highway (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling south on Cheyenne Drrive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Silver Springs NV 89429, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bucklands Station Famous Historical Point (approx. 7.8 miles away); Buckland's Station (approx. 7.8 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 6 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 10, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. • Photo of the remains of the station as mentioned in marker text. • Can you help?
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