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New Pass Station Historic Marker

 

Location of sign -  U.S. Highway 50, approximately 25 miles west of Austin, Nevada.

 

Photo taken October 2008

 

New Pass Station Historic Marker in Nevada

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne

 

Text of sign:

 

New Pass Station

 

The rocks composing the walls of this stage station and freighter stop were in neat array and roofed with bundles of willow twigs in 

July of 1861, when stagecoach king John Butterfield's Overland Mail & Stage Company began traversing this Central or Simpson 

Route between Salt Lake City and Genoa, Nevada.

 

The spring on the hill was inadequate for both humans and horses. However, Division Superintendent Thomas Plain's support ranch,

one mile to the west, kept this important team- watering or replacement stop operating.

 

Completion of the first transcontinental railroad spelled the eventual demise of the Overland Stage line. Butterfield sold out to Wells, Fargo and Company in 1866. Wells, Fargo suspended all operations on the Central Route in February 1869. The company continued to 

operate their diverted equipment on other lines until the early 1870's.

 

Nevada Historical Marker No. 135

 

 

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