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Miller's Station

Today the site of Miller's or Reed's Station is on private land approximately eight miles from Dayton down the Old River Road. Nothing remains because the lumber in the building was used elsewhere.

Miller's Station was originally one of the twenty or so way stations along the Carson River branch of the California Emigrant Trail in 1849 and 1850. It became a Pony Express relay station when the Pony Express started in 1860. It became known as Reed's Station when G.W. Reed purchased it on July 1, 1861.

When "Pony" Bob Haslam passed through Reed's Station on this famous long ride, he found no change of horses, since the whites had seized them to take part in the approaching battle.

On October 19, 1860, Sir Richard Burton passed through Miller's station and gave this description:

"At Miller's Station, which we reached at 2:30 p.m., there really was one pretty girl - which, according to the author of the Art of Pluck, induces proclivity to tremulancy. Whilst the rain was heavy we sat round the hot stove, eating bread and cheese, sausages and anchovies. which Rabelais, not to speak of other honest drinkers, enumerated amongst provocatives to thirst. Then we started at 4 p.m. through the cold rain, along the bad road up the river bed, to `liquor up' was manifestly a duty we owed to ourselves. And finally, when my impatient companions betted a supper that we should reach Carson City before 9 p.m., and sealed it with a `smile', I knew that the only way to win was to ply Mr. Kennedy the driver with as many pocula as possible."

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

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