Luther Canyon Overview
Luther Canyon, west of this site, takes its name from Ira M. Luther, a Nevada Territorial Legislature delegate, who from 1858-1865 had a sawmill there.
The house behind the marker was his home.
John and Lute Olds, owners of the next ranch south, operated a station along the Emigrant Trail for a number of years.
- California Emigrant Trail
Nevada Historical Marker Number
Luther Canyon is Nevada Historical Marker #118.
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Nevada Historical Marker Transcription
Luther Canyon, west of this site, takes its name from Ira M. Luther, who from 1858-1865 had a sawmill there. The house behind the marker was his home. In 1861, he was a delegate to the second Nevada Territorial Legislature. After 1865, the canyon came to be known as Horse Thief Canyon, because of the “business” of John and Lute Olds, owners of the next ranch south. Besides operating a station along the Emigrant Trail for a number of years, they rustled horses from emigrants. The animals were sent up the canyon to drift over the ridge into horse thief meadows. After resting and feeding the horses, they were driven down to Woodfords Canyon to sell to other emigrants. A prospector called Sawtooth was allegedly murdered and buried in the barn south of the Luther house. Sam Brown, a notorious bad man, was shot and killed in front of the Olds barn in 1861 by a man he threatened. “Lucky Bill” Thorington, implicated in a murder in California for which he was hanged by vigilantes in 1858, had a ranch two and a half miles to the south.
STATE HISTORICAL MARKER No. 118
STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE