Halleck

Halleck was established in 1869 along the new Central Pacific Railroad, and immediately became the shipping point for supplies headed to Fort Halleck. That first year two hotels, the Bell and Griffin, were built, and an adobe house constructed by Frank Hughes. By 1870, 35 people lived in Halleck and in the next years a brewery was opened by F.T. Greenberg, as well as a saloon by Hamilton McCain. In 1873, Bell's Halleck Hotel was expanded to two stories with a porch (although horses tied to the porch caused it to collapse). A school was opened in 1874, which continued to serve the community until the 1950s. Soon, Hamilton McCain also expanded his saloon to include a two-story hotel.

By 1880, Halleck had a population just shy of 100. Fort Halleck closed in 1886, but that didn't stop Halleck's growth. By 1900, the population reached 126 and the station was one of the busiest livestock shipping points along the entire Central Pacific. After that, Halleck began a decline. The Halleck Hotel burned in 1915, and after that only a few buildings remained of the once busy railroad town. The post office continued to serve area ranches until 2003, when it was closed with only two weeks notice.

I Visited Halleck
6.28.2007

See Also
Fort Halleck