Salt Wells

Salt Wells, known earlier as Alkali Wells and Seventy-Five Mile Station, was a long-lived station established in the 1860s. It would later operate as a station on the Wadsworth-Columbus Freight Route from 1873-1882, and later as a water stop on the Fallon-Fairview freight and stage lines starting in 1905. After the discovery of borax nearby by William Throop, the American Borax Company erected a mill in 1870, but it only lasted a few years. With the advent of automobiles, Salt Wells was later the location of a service station and restaurant along the Lincoln Highway (later Highway 50).

Salt Wells is perhaps best known for it's brothel, the Salt Wells Villa. The Villa opened in 1975 in the former Big Top restaurant building, and operated until 2004. On July 29, 2007, a mysterious blaze destroyed the building. Today the site is occupied by an RV dump.

I Visited Salt Wells
6.23.2007, 7.21.2007, 7.29.2007, & 3.29.2020

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