From 1860-61, the Pony Express operated Reese River Station on the western side of Reese River. In July 1861, the Overland Mail & Stage Co. established a new station on the eastern side of the river one mile away, named Jacobs' Spring after district agent Washington Jacobs. By Fall, the Transcontinental Telegraph reached Jacobs' Spring and a maintenance station was constructed.

In December 1862, Lander County was created from part of Humboldt County and Jacobs' Spring - then renamed Jacobsville - was chosen as the county seat. As a result, the town quickly grew to have a population of 400 in 1863, with two hotels, three stores, and an $8400 courthouse. By the end of the year, however, rapid growth at Clifton and Austin caused Jacobsville to decline in importance, and by the end of the year the county seat was lost to Austin. Jacobsville quickly faded, and before long was abandoned entirely. A large rock foundation is all I could find to mark the site.

Pony Express, 1860-61
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