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Connecting The West: Historic Railroad Stops And Stage by Shawn Hall

By Shawn Hall

Shawn Hall's immensely well known guidebooks to Nevada ghost cities became crucial assets for backcountry explorers and students alike. Now corridor returns to Elko County to survey the county's railroad and level stations, in addition to different websites no longer incorporated in his previous survey of this huge and colourful part of the country.

As in his prior volumes, corridor incorporates a background of every website he lists, in addition to interval and modern pictures, instructions for finding the websites, and an evaluate in their current . His old debts, in response to a variety of basic and secondary resources, are either scholarly and interesting, wealthy in anecdotes and personalities, and within the interesting minutia of heritage frequently missed via extra educational writers.

Shawn Hall's commitment to documenting Nevada's millions of ancient websites has enriched our wisdom of the state's quite short yet very eventful earlier. Connecting the West is a necessary addition to Hall's notable efforts to maintain the state's heritage.

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During the summer of 1946, there were many problems with the section gang. In two separate fights among gang members, George Ruffin and Murphy Corley were killed. Today, Tulasco serves the former Western Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads (now both part of the Union Pacific) as a signal station and siding. All that remains of the town of Tulasco are the concrete foundations of the sectionhouse and water tower. The old railroad roadbed for the Metropolis spur lies to the east of the foundations; piles of broken bottles mark the spot where the saloon once stood.

Turn left on the road and follow it for ½ mile to Melandco. DIRECTIONS: Melandco was a stop and signal station on the Oregon Short Line beginning in 1925. The name was an abbreviated form of the Metropolis Land Company and was so named because it was the siding nearest the Bishop Creek Reservoir and part of the company’s great plans for the area. All buildings at the site were removed when the railroad ceased operation in 1978. Concrete foundations mark the site. Foundations in Melandco. (Photo by Shawn Hall) North Central Elko County 29 The Johnson Ranch at North Fork in 1948, owned at that time by Bing Crosby.

The school was active through the 1910s, when declining enrollment and the rise of car and bus use made it more efficient to bus students to Deeth. Other North Humboldt teachers included Agnes Brown, Jessie McIntosh, and Lola Slater. A number of ranches are still in operation in the area, including the Devil’s Gate Ranch, established by Dan Murphy, a prominent Elko County rancher, in the 1870s. Murphy had already built a ranching empire in the North Fork area with its headquarters at Rancho Grande.

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