Butte Station Nevada
Butte Station Nevada Overview
Butte Station was a Pony Express stop in White Pine County, Nevada. It was also known as Bate’s Station, Butte Creek, Robber’s Roost, and Thieves Delight, although all the information I can find in old newspaper articles referred to the stop as Butte, not Bate’s.
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Butte Station Nevada History
Historic Resource Study Pony Express National Historic Trail
Bates’ station is mentioned in the 1861 mail contract, and sources generally agree on the identity of this station as either Bates’ or Butte Station, which they locate between Egan and Mountain Springs.
The station began in 1859 as part of George Chorpenning’s mail route and continued to serve the Pony Express.
In the spring of 1860, Indians burned Butte Station.
When Richard Burton visited the site on October 5, 1860, an English Mormon named Thomas managed the rebuilt station. At that time, Burton described life at this station in great detail during his travel account. Burton described a 15 x 30 feet, two-room structure, built of sandstone, wood, and mud.
Parts of the fireplace, a wall, and other stone foundations still mark the site of Butte Station as late as 1979.
- 1859 – The station began as part of George Chorpenning’s mail route and continued to serve the Pony Express
- Spring 1860 – Local Indians burned Butte Station
- October 5, 1860 – Richard Burton visited the site and saw that an English Mormon named Thomas managed the rebuilt station
- October 26, 1861 – The operations cease after the first transcontinental telegraph was established on October 24, 1861
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Located between Mountain Springs and Egan Canyon.
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Godfrey, Ph.D., Anthony, (August 1994), Historic Resource Study Pony Express National Historic Trail