Sand Mountain Pony Express Station

Sand Mountain Pony Express Station (HMYVV)

Location: Ann Arbor, NV 48104 Churchill County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 16.173', W 118° 23.096'

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A Practical Design

Two small rooms at the southwest end of the station were originally one large room and shared a common wood floor. The wall which now separates the two rooms was built on top of the floor some time later. The center room was probably used for battery storage when the Transcontinental Telegraph Company occupied the station.

A shallow, stone well was constructed in the small northwest room. Wire and iron hooks found here suggest there was a windlass or other device to raise water from the well. The room also had a firepit used for blacksmithing and cooking. The stations; occupants could not rely on the desert to provide food. Their diet consisted mainly of items such as beef, mutton, goat, dries fruit, beans and canned goods brought in by supply wagons.

The larger rooms were used to store equipment and supplies, and as a stable and corral for the horses. Pony Express riders used small, quick horses. The freighters used mules or larger, stronger horses such as Morgans. Draft horses, such as Clydesdales, were not common since they required too much feed and water. Many emigrants favored oxen, and occasionally oxen were used to bring supplies to the station.

Series This marker is part of the Pony Express National Historic Trail series
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 4:10am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 380530 N 4347603
Decimal Degrees39.26955000, -118.38493333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 16.173', W 118° 23.096'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 16' 10.38" N, 118° 23' 5.76" W
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Area Code(s)734, 313, 517, 586
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601-699 Unnamed Road, Ann Arbor NV 48104, US
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