Dry Wells

Dry Wells Smith Creek Reese River

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Sir Richard Burton on October 14, 1860, crossed the pass where Dry Wells Station was to be built later. He said, "after a long and peculiarly rough divide . . ."

Dry Wells was probably built in the summer of 1861 for the Overland Stage Route which went through this way until late 1862 or early 1863 when this part of the route was then moved northward to run over New Pass (Ream). No additional references are made to this station in other accounts.

Today there is no sign of where the station may have been situated in the canyon. There are old telegraph poles still standing but no sign of insulators or wire. The canyon is on public land located just north of Railroad Pass in the Shoshone Mountains.

Source: Mason, The Pony Express in Nevada, 1976.

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