Gillis Springs

Also known as Sargent's Well and Winwon Station, Gillis Springs was a station on the Wadsworth-Columbus Freight Route, which was active from 1873-1882 and served as a connection from the Southern Pacific Railroad to camps near the Mineral/Esmeralda County border. The trip was about 130 miles and took eight days to complete (each way). Stone ruins and the well remain at the older station, while cabins stand nearby from a more recent cattle camp. Between Gillis Spring and Benton's Fort, the route traversed Rhyolite Pass, and at one point, planks were placed along part of the road to help wagons through the sand.

Wadsworth-Columbus Freight Route, 1873-1882
MidwayGillis SpringsBenton's Fort