Jamison’s Station Nevada
Jamison’s Station Nevada Overview
Jamison’s Station was a station about three miles southeast of Sparks and about two miles southeast of Glendale in Washoe County, Nevada.
Some sources show Jamison’s Station is the same as the nearby station Glendale.
According to a few historians, the location is now where the sewage treatment plant sits.
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Jamison’s Station Nevada History
A Mormon trader named Jamison from Carson Valley attempted his hand at agriculture (not sure if the first name or last name) and established the station (The Silver State newspaper, December 7, 1881, states Jackson was the name – probably misspelled in the paper). I suspect it was Carl Jamison born in 1852 in Tennesee but have no proof. There is also a Samuel M. Jamison who lived in Reno but it doesn’t look like he moved his family from there.
The settlement was the first in Truckee Meadows and was a trading post and a thriving business from trading with the emigrants as they passed on their way to California. He would purchase the tired and lean cattle from the emigrants and fatten them up in the meadows to sell off later for a profit.
I found a reference in the Reno Gazette-Journal from 1969 that stated that James T. Anderson requested a Nevada State Historical Marker for Jamison Station (see clipping below for more details).
- Spring 1852 – Mormon trader Jamison established the station
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The Population of Jamison’s Station Nevada
Unknown due to conflicting information on the original location.
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Trail Marker In Sparks Approved
Permission to implant a permanent trail marker on Sparks city property near the treatment plant near Vista was granted by the council.
The request was made by James T. Anderson, dean of engineering, University of Nevada, on behalf of the Emigrant Trail Marking Committee.’
“I placed a marker at the original Jamison trading station years ago,” said Walter W. Mul- cahy who works as a trail consultant and in map preparation for the trail marking committee, “and it was chain-linked by the city managers of Reno and Sparks.
“This was about a half-block east of the treatment plant. It was the first location in the Truckee Meadows occupied by a white man in 1852.”
Trail marking across the 40-mile Desert on the Carson River Route and the Truckee River Route has been accomplished with markers placed at five mile intervals.
Markers consist of a T-shaped structure made of 90-pound railroad rail donated by the Southern Pacific Railway Co. The markers stand five feet high with a Vk foot horizontal section welded to the top, and a one-foot section welded to the bottom, to make uprooting of the marker more difficult.
A brass plate identifying the position is bolted to the horizontal section and the entire unit is painted a conspicuous yellow color which is readily seen against the desert background.
E. W. Harris of the planning section for the committee said, “Mulcahy has spent years of exploring emigrant trails across Nevada, and has walked every foot of the trail across the desert.”
The 40-mile Desert in Nevada was recorded as “the most terrible ordeal” of the 2,000-mile Overland Trail.
Eight markers have been placed on the Carson River Route and seven are now in place on the Truckee River Route.
- Paher, Stanley (1970), Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, Howell-North Books, page 37
Jamison’s Station Nevada