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James Wild Horse Trap

The James Wild Horse Trap, situated near Fish Springs in Nye County, Nevada, is a historically significant site that captures a unique aspect of American history. This site was primarily used for capturing wild horses and is notable for its use of natural materials and its impact on the understanding of historical practices in wildlife management.

James Wild Horse Trap

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Year Established/Founded

Unknown at this time.

James Wild Horse Trap History

The James Wild Horse Trap is a testament to the evolving human and social values concerning wildlife management. Originally used for running, killing, and harassing wild horses—a practice once widely accepted—this site now stands as a symbol of change in societal attitudes towards animal treatment. Its historical significance is further underlined by its mention in Will James’ book “Sand” or “Lone Cowboy,” published in 1930.


  • 1930: The James Wild Horse Trap is described in Will James’ book “Sand” or “Lone Cowboy.”
  • 1973: The site’s significance is recognized in its NRHP nomination, highlighting its role in demonstrating a shift in human/social values.
  • 1974: The area encompassing the wing fences and corral, spanning 40 acres, is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Nye County, near Fish Springs

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The James Wild Horse Trap is located five miles east of Fish Springs, within the vast landscapes of Nye County, Nevada. The area is characterized by its natural beauty and the historic significance of the site.

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