DEEP WELLS

NAME: Deep Wells
COUNTY: Eureka
ROADS: 2WD
GRID: 1
CLIMATE: Hot summer, cool winter.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime.
COMMENTS: Not worth the trip
REMAINS: Windmill. 

Deep Wells was a stop on the Eureka-Nevada Railroad. The settlement existed, however, before the railroad arrived in 1874. An enterprising resident dug a well to supply water for freight teams heading to Eureka. He charged $1 for watering and eighteen-mule freight team. When the railroad arrived, a small camp formed around the still active wells. The water was also a necessity for the hot railroad engines as they made their way across the dry valley. The site was home to about twenty-five residents that supported a store and a restaurant. Once Eureka faded in the 1890s, the residents left and the site remained as a railroad water stop. Today only a collapsing windmill marks the spot. Submitted by: HBC

 


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