39° 30' 13"N, 117° 22' 46"W USGS Mount Airy Quad
|VISITED||5/14/2005. Our Dinner: Eggs, sausage, & hash browns @ Dixie Valley turnoff|
|DIRECTIONS||Highway 50E from Fallon 92.7 miles From Fallon: 92.7 miles|
Paher says this was an Overland Mail stage station from 1861 to until 1869. The station probably remained open for another twenty years after that.
We were deep into cricket season when we visited Mount Airy- the little beggars were everywhere. This is a nice location- there is a spring with a little swampy area, although there were several hundred drowned crickets in it which made it unpleasant for swimming. Still, a perfect place for a little station out in the middle of nowhere. A couple of rock ruins are all that's left of Mount Airy, and the lonely grave of Mrs. Franklin, who reportedly died of smallpox.