Deadhorse Well

Deadhorse Well was first home to a station in the early 1860s on the road between Reese River and Walker River. Starting in 1872, its importance grew as it became a major stopping point and crossroads for several routes, including the Wadsworth-Columbus Freight Route (1873-82), and those serving the camps of Downeyville, Ellsworth, and others. As a station, Deadhorse Well would continue to operate well into the 20th century.

When Rawhide first began to boom in 1908, the Blue Sky Mining Company erected a small stamp mill at Deadhorse Well to process gold ore, and during this time water was delivered to Rawhide by the Dead Horse Wells Water Company, owned by John and Susan Murphy, at $2.50 per barrel. Deadhorse Well also saw some excitement when the Nevada Scheelite mine opened in the 1930s and a mill was operated here and a camp of about thirty formed. The mill and surrounding buildings burned in 1946. The final revival of Deadhorse Well was when the Hawthorne Base opened, and a saloon with a few backroom girls operated here until it also burned in the early 1950s.

Wadsworth-Columbus Freight Route, 1873-1882
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