New Pass Station We Visited: March 7, 2007
Our Breakfast: Eggs 'n' omelettes at the Cold Springs Cafe!
Our Lunch: MRE's at New Pass
39° 34' 55 "N, 117° 32' 5 "W - MT. AIRY quad
39° 34' 2 "N, 117° 30' 36 "W - MT. AIRY quad

Directions: From Fallon, take U.S. 50 East for 82.6 miles, then NE on dirt road for 0.3 miles. Continue down dirt road E and SE for 0.3 miles until rejoining US 50 E. Continue on US 50 E for 1.6 miles to ruins on north side of US 50.

 

From Fallon: 84.8 miles

4WD or high clearance desired

What Was

These stations were built around the 1860's, probably as Overland Mail stations. Paher says the one on the east side of the pass was known as New Pass Station and was active to the 1870's and possibly beyond by travelers of the day. The other station on the west side of the pass was built below another spring.

Post Office: None

Newspaper: None

What is

There are two stations here, one on the highway itself and one behind the hill, 1.66 miles to the NW, hidden almost a quarter mile from the highway. How are they related? Were they both in use at the same time? Did they lose one and build the other? Why two so close together? Were they competitors? Which was first? Did a vehicle come from somewhere out there just to land in the Andes? We don't know.

You can take Mom's Buick to see both of these sites, but check the road first- it could be muddy.


A view of the "hidden" station and adjacent building.
The judicious use of some herbicides here might clarify what one was looking at- unfortunately, it looks like a pile of rocks and sagebrush. Paher says this is New Pass Station.
You can see some refinements to the old road in the center of the photograph.
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