Cloverdale Ranch and the Cloverdale stage station were established about 1866 along the wagon road between Belmont and points west. Traffic through Cloverdale grew through the 1870s, and by 1880 plans were considered to connect Cloverdale by rail to the Nevada Central at Ledlie (near Austin). Though those plans never came to be, that year did bring a new stone stationhouse erected by Adam Farrington.

Cloverdale continued to see freight traffic through the turn of the twentieth century, and even served an auto stage from Ione to Tonopah before its importance finally diminished. The ranch still seems to see occasional use, but any permanent residents have moved on.