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Barrett Nevada

Barrett, a historical blip in the vast landscape of Nye County, Nevada, offers a unique glimpse into the life of a mining-era stage stop. Unlike many ghost towns born from mining booms, Barrett’s significance lay in its role as a vital rest point for travelers and stagecoaches during the late 19th century.

Barrett Nevada

Barrett Nevada Overview

Primarily functioning as a stage stop rather than a traditional town, Barrett was named after James Barrett, a Georgian who became the station’s manager. Its strategic location in Nye County, Nevada at the high point of Barrett Canyon made it an essential stop for stage drivers and a temporary haven for travelers. Though its existence was closely tied to the fortunes of nearby towns, Barrett’s story is a notable chapter in the broader narrative of the American West’s mining era.

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Year Established/Founded

Sometime in the 1870s.

Barrett Nevada History

Barrett emerged as a stage stop in the 1870s, named after James Barrett, who managed the station. It served as a crucial rest point for stages running north from Ione, providing services like horse changes, a small restaurant, and traveler accommodations. Its decline began as Ione faded, leading to a reduction in stage traffic and its eventual closure in the early 1880s.

Timeline

  • 1869: James Barrett arrives in Nye County.
  • 1870s-1880s: Barrett operates as a stage stop.
  • Early 1885: The station closes following the decline of Ione.

Mines

Primarily associated with gold mining in the surrounding areas, though Barrett itself was not a mining town.

Railroads

Unknown at this time.

Post Office

1882 – 1885

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Newspaper

Unknown at this time.

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The Population of Barrett Nevada

Unknown at this time.

Elevation

6,477′

Location

About 15 miles northeast of Ione.

GPS Coordinates

39.05328641524126, -117.42511268773559

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Photos and Videos

None at this time.

Today, Barrett stands as a remote historical site, its story encapsulated in the era of stagecoaches and the mining boom. For those brave enough to traverse the rough road to its location, Barrett offers a silent testament to a bygone era of travel and transition in Nevada’s history.

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