Como - Lyon County We Visited: 9/18/2004, 9/24/2006
Our Dinner: MRE's at the Stone Cabin
Location 39° 10' 21"N, 119° 28' 36"W   USGS Como Quad

Directions: 10 miles west on US 50 to the junction of US 50 and US 50A; 41.4 miles west on US 50 to the junction of US 50 and Dayton Valley Rd. in Dayton; 0.9 miles east on Dayton Valley Rd to the junction of Old Como Rd.; 10.5 rocky miles SW on Old Como Rd. to Como

From Fallon: 62.8 miles

4WD or high clearance desired

What Was

A mining district was established in the area after gold discoveries in 1861 . A canp was born- Palmyra- and by the fall there were 100 miners in the area. By 1861 population had quadrupled and a post office was established. Eventually, discoveries a half mile to the east resulted in the camp of Como, and Palmyra suffered. In 1864 a mill was built to the southeast, and quickly shut down. The town languished as ore ran out, although there were brief revivals in 1879 and 1902 that lasted two or three years each. Another large mill was built in the 1930's- it, too, quickly shut down after they discovered there was no ore to process. Talk about the need to get a business plan.


Post Office: 5/3/1863-7/31/1866 (Palmyra); 12/30/1879- 1/3/1881; 5/29/1903-2/28/1905
Newspaper:The Sentinel

What is

If there is a more rock-studded road in all of Nevada, you would be hard pressed to find it. Football-sized and half-buried, they litter almost every foot of the ten miles up to the site of Como. While the traction of 4WD isn't helpful, the ground clearance certainly is, and the suspension more so. Even on ATV's it's a little jarring,and you have to be on constant lookout for rocks. Luis's sprocket protector took a beating on this trip, and the welds on my auxiliary rack snapped off.

If you're looking for a lot of ruins you'll be disappointed, since Como really has the remains of only one standing building. However, upon closer inspection you can see that there are several building sites, a few of which use the same greenish stone as the the standing building; pits in the same general vicinity indicate the sites of other buildings. Most of the mines in the area are shafts that go straight down, so be careful.

There are lots of roads in the area and prospecting has been going on for quite some time. Around Palmyra is a road the goes north for a while and there is an incredible amount of trash in the form of cans, glass, and pottery. Evidently some kind of activity took place along a half mile of this road. Also, about 4 road miles to the SE there are the remains of four stone cabins. What this collection of buildings was (stage stop between Como and Fort Churchill, perhaps?) remains a mystery to us.

UPDATE: A recent fire has cleared some brush on an acre or two in the area of the townsite. Many artifacts are revealed which were once hidden, grasshopper! Rocks are still there, although a grader took a swipe at the road. We found en even rockier road- the powerline road from Como east to Churchill Canyon.


The only building still standing in Como
A little photographic essay that I like to call
"The Shoes Of Como"
A dreamy sunset as seen from the Pine Nut Mountains
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