|Edwards Creek Station||We Visited: 6/30/2002|
|39° 28' 30"N, 117° 43' 18"W - BASQUE SUMMIT quad||
Directions: Highway 50E from Fallon 67.3 miles; Turn E on local road and continue generally East and then Southeast for about 4.6 miles
From Fallon: 94 miles
Overland Mail Station and a stop on the Pony Express. A National Park Service Pony Express Page says,
"Several sources mention Edwards' Creek as a station, including the 1861 mail contract. Townley notes the existence of possible ruins along the creek, where several conflicts between Indians and whites took place."
Helen Carlson, in her book Nevada Place Names, quotes J.H. Simpson explaining,
"I call the stream after one of my assitants, Mr. Edward Jagiello, a Polish gentleman; his surname being difficult of pronounciation, I have preferred his Christian name as the appellation."
Apaprently the station was constructed by one Sam Davis in the Spring of 1861 or thereabouts. Looks like he also did a little prospecting between his station duties.
Sam Davis, who is constructing a station at Edwards' Creek, on the Overland route, at the Humboldt, lately showed us some specimens of gold, weighing half an ounce each. The specimens had been pounded between rocks to disengage the quartz, by the Indians, from whom Davis obtained them. He says that the Indians procured the gold about one hundred and fifty miles north of his station, but thinks it would be hardly safe for small parties to go out there unless they are acquainted with the Indians.
Was there a telegraph station at Edwards Creek? According to this there was.
ARRIVAL OF THE PONY EXPRESS
An Edwards Creek Station anecdote:
The following passage occurred via the Salt Lake correspondence of the Alta, published August 26th :
Traveling on the Overland Route was not exactly what you'd call First Class:
The skeletons of cattle that had died for lack of water lay all along the route. Crows and coyotes had eaten most of their flesh, and the remainder the sun had dried. At Cold Springs, on Saturday night, we took on a conductor, a very unnecessary article altogether, and this one was uncivil. The driver hitherto had carried a canteen of water for the convenience of the passengers between the stations. Mr. Conductor was asked to do the same, and refused, saying, "If the passengers want water they may carry it themselves." The ride that night was very uncomfortable; over stony roads and through rocky canons the wagon jolted and shook us out of all chance of sleep. At half past one o'clock, the next morning, we were summoned to breakfast at Edwards' creek and refused to go, on the ground that it was an unreasonable hour. The conductor grumbled at time being lost by our decision, for he and the driver breakfasted there, and we said we would eat at the next station. We grumbled at our appetites being subjected to the caprices of the conductor ,or the Company as the case might be, and paid dearly for our obstinacy by having to give a dollar for some coffee out of tin cups, some beans and bread that would have been dear at a bit, at the next station.
Miners in the area sometimes didn't get along.
Another homicide is also undergoing investigation. Two mining partners at Edwards' Creek settled up their affairs and quarreled about the terms of settlement, when both drew pistols and fired, one shooting the other through the lungs, inflicting a wound which has since proved mortal. The wounded man stated that his own pistol was accidentally discharged, but there were no witnesses present, and the survivor says he was shot at before firing his own pistol. The latter came to Carson, gave himself up, and was held in $1,000 bond for shooting.
EXAMINATION OF A MURDER CASE. Another murder case was examined to-day by Judge Dixon. About a week ago a man named Samuel S. Davis came into town and surrendered himself as a prisoner, stating that he had shot one Simon Lipp at Edwards Creek, about a hundred miles distant, but had done so in self defense. On this statement Judge Dixon held Davis in $1,000 for examination to-day In the meantime information was received that Lipp had died of his wounds, and had stated before death that Davis had shot him causelessly, his own (Lipp's) pistol having been accidentally discharged. A letter was also received by the Sheriff from one Bush of a similar tenor. But on the examination to-day there were no witnesses from Edwards Creek, and Judge Dixon was compelled to discharge the defendant. Davis then voluntarily gave bonds in $1,000 to appear for further examination one week from to-day, being anxious to have the matter investigated. The fatal quarrel grew out of the settlement of partnership affairs between the parties. Lipp is said to have been noted as a man who was "on the shoot," and certainly the course pursued by Davis is not one indicative of a sense of guilt. Carson City (N. T.), Nov. 1, 1861.
The Third Regiment - Immigration.
Just to give you an idea of some of the distances involved. Figure about 4 miles an hour, or so I'm told.
REESE RIVER —The Nevada Transcript publishes the annexed table of distances from Virginia City to Reese River, for the benefit of such of its readers as are affected with a mania and intend embarking to the newly discovered Silverado:
Hey, but there was good news too!
NOT DEAD. — A resident of Virginia Nev. , named C. W. Bonynge, who was supposed to have fallen over a precipice near Edwards creek, on the overland route, has turned up alive and in good condition.
But the mining disputes continued, at least on a small scale.
There is a report in town that a man has been shot at Edwards' creek, about fifteen miles beyond New Pass. A dispute concerning claims to land is said to be the cause of the shooting,
One of the rare times
when the USGS map was way off base. We found no ruins where the map said
they would be- instead, we found remains of a rock building 1.87 miles
NW of the reported location. So, we're assuming these ruins to be what's
left of the Edwards Creek Overland Mail Station.