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By Chris English, June 18, 2014
Site of Fort Ruby
Nevada (White Pine County), (No Nearby Town. Out in Open Desert) — 1862 Fort Ruby 1869
Colonel P. Edward Connor was ordered to build and command this post in 1862. The fort was built midway between Salt Lake City, Utah and Carson City, Nevada to protect the Overland Mail Route (Pony Express) and emigrant travelers from Indian raiders. . . . — Map (db m74710) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Baker — Stephen Tyng MatherJuly 4, 1867 - Jan 22, 1930
He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done. — Map (db m127137) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Cherry Creek — 52 — Cherry Creek
Here, at one time, was the largest town in White Pine County. Part of the Cherry Creek Mining District, Cherry Creek’s years of largest gold and silver production were between 1872 and 1883. At the peak of its prosperity, the town had an estimated . . . — Map (db m1370) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Cherry Creek — Cherry Creek School
Built when Cherry Creek was founded in 1872, it is one of the two oldest standing Nevada schoolhouses. In November 1894 a dispute between Pat Green and Pat Dolan over the building’s location turned violent with Dolan killing Green in a gunfight. . . . — Map (db m1293) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — 269 — Ely - Forging the Link
James H. Simpson put the future site of Ely on the map during his 1859 exploration through the Great Basin. In the 1860's, silver and gold deposits were discovered nearby in what became the Robinson Mining District. Ely developed as a regional . . . — Map (db m69490) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — 53 — Hamilton
The mines of the White Pine District were first discovered in 1865 and supported many thriving towns during the period 1868-1875. The most famous of these early towns was Hamilton, but there were others adjacent, such as Eberhardt, Treasure City and . . . — Map (db m14691) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — 84 — Jedediah Strong SmithExplorer of the Western Wilderness
In May-June, 1827, Jedediah Smith attempted to find a route from California’s central valley to the Great Salt Lake Valley in Utah, and he became the first European to completely cross what is now Nevada. Because Smith’s journal and map have never . . . — Map (db m1302) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — Making Charcoal
The charcoal making process took a total of 13 days and 35 cords of wood, from the time each oven was filled, burned, and then emptied. The wood was hauled by wagons or hand carts to the front of the oven, and the process of layering the wood inside . . . — Map (db m127176) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — 100 — Nevada Northern Railway
Mark Requa's Nevada Consolidated Copper Company built a 150-mile line from Cobre on the Southern Pacific to Ely in 1905-06 to haul ore from Copper Flat mines west of Ely. Ore was loaded into railroad gondolas at Copper Flat for the trip to the . . . — Map (db m69489) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — 98 — Osceola1872-1940
Osceola, most famous of the White Pine County gold producers, was probably the longest-lived placer camp in Nevada. The gold-bearing quartz belt found in 1872 was 12 miles long by 7 miles wide. Placer gold was found in 1877 in a deep ravine . . . — Map (db m69492) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — 51 — Schellbourne
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 . . . — Map (db m1304) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — 99 — Taylor
Silver and gold were discovered in 1873, in what was to become Taylor, a typical mining community supported chiefly by the Argus and Monitor Mines. In 7 years, the town boasted a population of 1500 people, 7 saloons, 3 general stores, an opera . . . — Map (db m27289) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — The Liberty PitRobinson Mining District
Digging began on the Liberty Pit in 1908, the same time that the Nevada Northern Railway tracks reached Copper Flat from Ely. When work started, the pit was not a pit at all, but two small hills instead. The old map below shows the original . . . — Map (db m126499) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — The Ward Cemetery
The life histories of 46 residents of the Ward Cemetery tell a fascinating story about what life was like in the early mining boom towns of White Pine County. Most residents of Ward were not native to the area. Many came from as far away as China . . . — Map (db m69487) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — U.S. Post Office Ely, Nevada - 1937National Register of Historic Places
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m126496) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — 184 — Ward Charcoal Ovens
These ovens were constructed during the mid 1870's and are larger and of finer construction than most other ovens found in Nevada. They are 27 feet in diameter and 30 feet high with a capacity of about 35 cords of wood which was burned for a period . . . — Map (db m62118) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — Ward Charcoal Ovens
Willow creek, a year round stream located 1/4 mile to the north, was a major stopover for freighters on the Toano to Pioche route between 1870 and 1876. "Bullwhackers" (common term for freighters) would turn out their "Sleepers" (tired oxen) in this . . . — Map (db m68763) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ely — 54 — Ward Mining DistrictSilver Ore
The ghost town of Ward, in the foothills of the Egan Range, lies some eight miles west of here. Booming from 1876 until 1882, with a peak population of 1,500, Ward was somewhat of a lawless mining camp. Early killings did occur, but justice was . . . — Map (db m27291) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Lund — 323 — Settlement of Lund
In 1882, Congress passed the Edmunds Act causing L.D.S. Church property to be confiscated, including cattle which the receiver leased to Nichols and Parsons. Later the law was repealed and church property returned. The lessees could not fully repay . . . — Map (db m1301) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), McGill — Schellbourne: Gateway to the Goshute Nation
Before Schellbourne: Before the Lincoln Highway, before the Pony Express, and before wagon trains rolled across the plains, the Kusiutta people (the Goshute people) lived here. This desert home has made survival difficult, but the extreme . . . — Map (db m67832) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), McGill — Speedy Riders
The first teams of Pony Express riders amazed the nation by accomplishing their east and west bound deliveries within the projected 10 day schedule. The speed of the riders even had a role in swaying a divided California to stay with the union . . . — Map (db m67128) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), McGill — Strength and Endurance
Descriptions of the variety and number of horses used by the Pony Express became distorted during the course of its history since November 1861. In general, the type of horse used for carrying the rider and mail depended greatly on the region. The . . . — Map (db m67127) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), McGill — The Crowds Cheered On ...
In 1845, it took six months to get a message from the East Coast of the United States to California. By the late 1850s, a half million people had migrated west and were demanding up-to-date news from home. Something had to be done to deliver mail . . . — Map (db m67129) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), McGill — The Lincoln HighwayA Vision that Spanned America
The Visionary: Carl Fisher was a dreamer with an entrepreneurial spirit. After amassing a large fortune and building a reputation in the auto-parts industry, Fisher began to dream of building a paved hard-surface, coast-to-coast highway. He . . . — Map (db m67131) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), McGill — The Pony ExpressA Journey Across the American West
Mail From Coast to Coast: During the mid-1800s, American settlers were on the move, relocating from crowded Eastern cities to the untamed wilderness of the West. Many made their way to California. With the surge of settlers, California began . . . — Map (db m67130) HM
Nevada (White Pine County), Ruth — 9 — Copper Country
1864–1964. The famed open-pit copper mines of Eastern Nevada including the Liberty Pit, largest in the state, are located two miles south of this point. Through the first half of the 20th century, this area produced nearly a billion . . . — Map (db m69494) HM

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