38° 50' 44"N, 117° 34' 24"W Grantsville Quad
|VISITED||We Visited: 4-17-04
Our Dinner: Scrambled eggs, hash browns, and sausages!
47.3 miles east on Highway 50 to Middlegate; 29.8 miles south on SR 361 to the junction of SR 361 and SR844; 16.6 miles east on SR 844 to the junction of SR 844 and West Union Canyon Road. Continue east 4.89 miles.
From Fallon: 98.5 miles
The discovery of silver during the Civil War led to the formation of a camp in the upper part of the canyon, but discoveries in White Pine lured residents and miners away. By the way, do I even need to mention who Grant was? I mean, I assume everyone knows because they should- but just in case you were absent from school that year, you might want to do a little catch up. It wasn't until 1877 when a mill was built that things got cooking again, reaching a peak of 800 people around 1879. The town boasted the usual array of drug stores, general merchandise, blacksmith, barbershops and saloons; it even had a jewelry store and a brewery. In 1880 the mill went from 20 to 40 stamps, stages were running from Austin and Eureka, and there was talk of connecting to the Nevada Central Railroad. The decline was in earnest by 1885, although before World War Two several new structures were built. (Paher)
|POST OFFICE||February 3, 1879 - October 31, 1901|
|NEWSPAPER||Grantsville Bonanza, The Sun|
Grantsville and the surrounding area can be easily reached in 2WD car. If it's raining, the roads might get a little slick, though. The site is just littered with ruins of all kinds, mostly stone and brick. The mill ruins are large- and falling apart, so be careful. Walking though the site will reveal more ruins, old foundations, ad sunken areas where buildings used to be, or bottle hunters have scarred the land and not cleaned up after themselves. There is a pit that was once apparently lined with rubber, near the block home where the spring is. An old sign there used to say something- I wish I knew what. Sacks of ore sit rotting in a couple of the buildings. After some looking, we finally located the cemetery. There was supposed to be one readable older headstone left, but unfortunately we could not locate it- just a newer one. All that seems to be left now are fallen fences. More extensive examination of these ruins was curtailed by a swiftly moving spring snow storm.
We rode up the road a piece to Grantsville Summit, intending on giving the Reese River Valley and Indian Valley a going over. By the time we got to the top, we were enjoying a healthy snowstorm, to the point where a local rancher pulled over and asked us, "Are we having fun yet?" He mentioned that the storm was going to get worse before it got better, and that if we had any sense at all we'd head home to our fireplaces. Naturally, we continued on, to our regret, and ended up fighting blizzard conditions which drove us into one of the buildings to cook our supper, a delicious repast consisting of scrambled eggs with bacon and onions, hash browns, sausage,and English muffins, The eggs- which I had cooked the previous day and sealed inside a Seal-A-Meal bag- we just dropped into boiling water and re-heated with no mess and no fuss- we also got hot water for dishes as part of the deal. I recommend this method of anyone contemplating scrambled eggs in the wilderness. An alternative method is to scramble your eggs- but do not cook them- and then freeze- dropping the bag into boiling water will cook the eggs. I'm told you shouldn't freeze eggs already cooked, otherwise the results will be, well, let's just say "undesirable." There is nothing like wolfing down a glorious meal such as this after a cold ride.
Most people coming to this area are coming to see Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park. I recommend stopping at Berlin and checking out this little preserved jewel in the Shoshone Mountains. But then head on down to Grantsville to see a slightly different mining camp.