William Potts, originally of Scotland, established his ranch in Monitor Valley in the 1870s, and it was soon known as one of the best livestock operations in Nevada. Initially granted a post office in 1893 that was rescinded before it opened, a post office was finally granted in 1898 that would operate for over four decades, during which numerous members of the Potts family served as postmaster and postmistress. In September 1944, the Potts family sold their holdings to Harvey Sewell and O.G. Bates. Soon the nearby Wilson Ranch became their headquarters and the Potts Ranch was eventually abandoned.