PINTO CREEK STATION

NAME: Pinto Creek Station
COUNTY: White Pine
ROADS: 4WD
GRID: 1
CLIMATE: Hot summer, cool winter.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime.

COMMENTS: Interesting Scenery.
REMAINS: A few original buildings.

The Austin-Hamilton stage line used Pinto Creek Station as a stop in the late 1860s. Its only claim to fame was the scene of a violent murder in 1873. Multiple blows from an ax by seventeen-year-old Dan Matheny and a horse thief named Finney killed a man at the station. Matheny was caught, tried, and sentenced to hang. Finney was never captured. A reprieve was granted Matheny and he was sent to prison in Carson City. A small ranching settlement developed around Pinto Creek Station during the 1870s and the population was 29. Today the area is an active ranching district and period buildings remain.
Submitted by: HBC

 


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