|Carroll Summit Station|
|VISITED||11 March 2005 (station).
Our Dinner: Middlegate Station Dbl Cheeseburgers & French Dip
|DIRECTIONS||Head east on Highway 50 from Fallon for 50.3 miles; continue east on the old Lincoln Highway, which is now SR 722 for 17.1 miles. From Fallon: 67.4 miles|
Carroll! It's a station! It's a mining camp! It's two places!
We've never been to Carroll-- although we have a pretty good idea where it is-- but anyone who's taken the old Lincoln Highway (SR722) to Austin has passed by the abandoned Carroll Station.
Named after Charlie Carroll, born around 1871 in Ireland, he discovered gold (we think) back in 1911 and the camp was formed. Never a big producer, it didn't last very long, although the newspapers of the day proclaimed it a wonderful thing.
The Gold basin Mining Co. recently made the first payment on a group of claims at Carroll, in the southwestern part of the county to Charles Carroll, J.L. Watt, William Watt, and Mrs. Isabel Watt. All remaining Watt and Carroll properties are to be offered for leasing.
1912 January 1
They didn't have much luck mining at Carroll- it was never very successful. Some had less success than others. It had its ups and downs- mostly downs.
1912 February 3
WILL WATT OF AUSTIN IS KILLED BEING CAUGHT IN MACHINERY
FUNERAL OF WILL WATT
Back in the day, climbing Carroll Summit was not the leisurely and thoughtless activity it is today; you had to plan the trip and stop every so often to cool off your automobile. Situated at 6,684 feet in altitude, about 350 feet above Smith Creek Valley, Carroll Station probably made a nice resting point before continuing up the rest of the grade heading west, or a place to cool your brakes if heading east.
Carroll Summit Road, 1925, between Austin and Eastgate. This scenic route replaced the original Lincoln Highway route through New Pass Canyon, which was reconstructed in the 1930s to reclaim the US 50 shield. Now marked NV 722, Carroll Summit Road retains the flavor of early automobile travel across Nevada. It has been targeted by the LHA Nevada- Sierra Chapter for potential Scenic Byway designation. Carroll Summit Texaco, Carroll Summit Road (NV 722). The former Texaco station is a hip roof, frame building abandoned and open to the elements.- Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania
It's said that around 1925 a little building from the south shore of Lake Tahoe was moved up to Carroll Summit when when it was heard that the Highway 50 project was going to replace the highway that followed the old Lincoln Highway route past Cold Springs. The new road would go through Eastgate, up Road Canyon and over Carroll Summit into Austin. It may have been figured that the highway building crew would need a "watering hole," so one was made available for them. The new highway , which is now State 722, was finished during the spring of 1925. If this story is correct, the station was there from 1925-c.1962, when the highway was once again routed north around through New Pass Canyon. The store at Eastgate closed then, too. Mr. Sam Carter owned Carroll Station from 1946-May 1, 1950, when he sold it to Fred and Rose Phillippi Stephens. They were there until the highway changed. Fred and Rosie sold food, jerky, etc..... never major groceries. They had oil, gas, fan belts .... the locals used to go there many evenings a week and have a drink or two and visit.
I'm lumping the two sites together because (a) I'm lazy and (b) I don't have that much info on Carroll yet and (c) I'm lazy.
Meanwhile, don't get the idea that everything at Carroll Station was a bed of roses...
ARMED ROBBERS ARE SENTENCED
The station now is but a fond memory, the building empty but standing. There are also a couple outbuildings which are also still standing. Up the road about 500 feet, a dirt road leads up White Rock Canyon. It would appear that every single oil can and beer can ever used at Carroll Station has been dumped in this canyon. There doesn't appear to be any other activity in the canyon to support another conclusion. We didn't see much trash or any dumps around Carroll Station, so we assume they made the trip down the road to dump everything there. Good Lord, did they go through a lot of beer. Thirty-five cars a day pass by the station on average, compared to 680 or so on the new section of US 50.
We haven't been to Carroll the mining camp yet.