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Schellbourne Nevada

Schellbourne Nevada

Schellbourne Nevada Overview

Schellbourne was located approximately four miles east of this marker.

The Pony Express established a mail station there in 1860. Fort Schellbourne, a small military post, protected the station.

In the early 1870s, silver ore was discovered in the mountains immediately to the east. After mining dried up, the town was the headquarters for various ranches.

Category

  • Military
  • Mining
  • Pony Express
  • Ranching/Farming

Marker Type

Blue marker

Nevada Historical Marker Number

Schellbourne Nevada is Nevada Historical Marker #51.

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County

White Pine County, Nevada

GPS Coordinates

39.797254 -114.741044

Nevada Historical Marker Transcription

Schellbourne was a mail station and town, located approximately four miles east of this marker in Stage Canyon, nestled in the Schell Creek mountain range.  The Pony Express established a mail station and corral there in 1860, providing mail service to the region until 1861, when the Overland Stage company took over the route.  A small military post known as Fort Schellbourne joined the station until 1862, protecting the stage line during the conflicts between whites and the Newe (Goshute and Western Shoshone) Indians.

Prospectors discovered silver ore in the mountains immediately to the east of Schellbourne in the early 1870s, and created the Aurum Mining District in 1871.  An active mining camp developed with a population of over 500 people.  By 1885, the ore had been mostly depleted, with other mining towns like Cherry Creek drawing residents away.  The district and adjacent valley were acquired by Uncle Billy” and Eliza Burke as a ranch and hotel.  Schellbourne has subsequently operated as the headquarters for various ranches since that time.

STATE HISTORICAL MARKER No. 51

STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE

WHITE PINE PUBLIC MUSEUM INC.

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