Reese River

Reese River Dry Wells Simpson Park

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Stations were set up on the Pony at Simpson Park, just east of the sub-basin, and Jacobs Springs, about two miles east of Reese River. The latter station was named after Washington Jacobs, district agent in charge there; Jacobsville, the first town in the sub-basin grew up at the station.

On October 13, 1860, Sir Richard Burton spent the night at the station and gave the following description:

"The station-house in the Reese River Valley had lately been evacuated by its proprietors and burnt down by the Indians: a new building of adobe was already assuming a comfortable shape. The food around it being poor and thin, our cattle were driven to the mountains. At night, probably by contrast with the torrid sun, the frost appeared colder than ever. We provided against it, however, by burrowing into the haystack, and despite the jackal-like cry of the coyote and the near tramping of the old white mare, we slept like tops."

After Jacobsville was abandoned as the Lander county seat in favor of Austin in 1863, the stage station there was moved two miles westward, to the east bank of Reese River.

The Overland Stage and Mail Company used this as a way stop at least until the discovery at Austin in May 1862. But after it began to boom, the stage and mail stop was moved to Austin. Rock foundations on the west side of the Reese River just north of the highway mark the site of the Overland Stage station. These ruins are on patented land owned by Paul Inchauspe of Austin. However, the Pony Express station ruins are all but gone.

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

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