Deep Creek was the home of Howard Egan, the division superintendent for service between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Roberts Creek (near Eureka, Nevada). This well-equipped and service functioning facility was the most westerly station located within the present boundaries of Utah. The western boundary of the Utah Territory at this time (1860) was the California state line and Genoa the most westerly Utah Territory station. Harrison Sevier was the station master.
"At 4 P.M. we reached the settlement, consisting of two huts and a station-house, a large and respectable looking building of unburnt brick, surrounded by fenced fields, watercourses, and stacks of good adobe. We were introduced to the Mormon stationmaster, Mr Sevier, and others. They are mostly farm labourers, who spend the summer here and supply the road with provisions. In the winter they return to Grantsville where their families are settled. Amongst them was a Mr Waddington, an old Pennsylvanian, and a bigoted Mormon. It is related of him that he had treasonably saved 300 Indians by warning them of an intended attack by the Federal troops.“Deep Creek” refers to the fact that the creek ran in a deep wash, not to the depth of the water. The name of the town, Ibapah, means “deep water” in the Goshute Indian language.
"The Mormons were not wanting in kindness; they supplied us with excellent potatoes, and told us to make their house our home. We preferred however, living and cooking afield. The station was dirty to the last degree. The flies suggested the Egyptian plague, they could be brushed from the walls in thousands,but though sage makes good brooms no one cares to sweep clean. This I repeat is not Mormon but Western; the people like the Spaniards, apparently disdain any occupation save that of herding cattle, and will do so till the land is settled."