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Dry Wells Nevada

Dry Wells Nevada

Dry Wells Nevada Overview

Dry Wells or Dry Well was possibly a Pony Express stop located in Lander County, Nevada.

Learn more about the Pony Express: The Route, The Riders, The Ruins Left Behind.

Year Established/Founded

Summer 1861 ???

Dry Wells Nevada History

Historic Resource Study Pony Express National Historic Trail

Several sources pinpoint Dry Wells or Dry Well as a station.

Historical sources do not mention Dry Wells as an early Pony Express station, which suggests that it possibly began in the summer of 1861 as an Overland Mail Company stage stop.

Without this station, the distance between Reese River and Smith’s Creek was a long stretch for both horse and rider.

The station possibly existed in Dry Wells Canyon, north of Railroad Pass in the Shoshone Mountains, but no ruins remain to mark its exact location.

The Overland Mail Company used the station until about 1862 or 1863, when it shifted to a more northerly route that included Mount Airey, New Pass, and Edwards Creek.


  • October 26, 1861 – The operations ceased after the first transcontinental telegraph was established on October 24, 1861


Unknown at this time.


From Nevada Place Names:

Dry Wells Station was twenty-five miles southeast of Smith Creek Station and west of Jacobsville on the route of the Pony Express.

Dry Wells Nevada

GPS Coordinates

N39 23 05.7 W117 23 14.4

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Dry Wells Nevada