Special Sub-Topic: Pony Express in Nevada
|How many pony express stations were established in Nevada?|
29. According to "The Pony Express in Nevada," 29 stations were constructed. Some also had lodging and other amenities. However, most were nothing more than a cabin and corral at a spring.
|In White Pine County, in Eastern Nevada, this pony express stop also was the site of a United States Army fort. Name it.|
Fort Schellbourne. Fort Schellbourne was a substantial fort with a small civilian settlement around it. The actual name of the Pony Express station was Schell Creek.
|Were any Pony Express riders killed in the line of duty in Nevada?|
y. The Pony Express riders and stations were constantly being threatened by Indian attack. In October 1860, three men at Egan Station in White Pine County were murdered and their graves are located nearby.
|At the eastern border of Nevada, which was the first Pony Express Station at the time the line shut down in 1861?|
Eight Mile Station. This station was also known as Prairie Gate and was later used by the Overland Stage until 1869.
|What was the largest town the Pony Express passed through in Nevada?|
Carson City. Of all the choices, the Pony Express only went through Carson City. At the time, Carson City was booming due to the rich silver discoveries at nearby Virginia City (the Comstock Lode).
|Did the Pony Express Trail go through Virginia City?|
n. Virginia City was located in the mountains. The trail instead went through Dayton, about six miles to the south. The trail roughly followed the Carson River into Carson City.
|In Lander County, one of the stations was located in a town that served as the county seat. In 1861, which town was the county seat?|
Jacobsville. The Jacobsville station was called Reese River, a river in name only. It is normally very easy to straddle the "river" with a foot on each bank! Austin became the new county seat in 1863 and became a very large producer of silver.
|This was the most prominent fort on the Pony Express Trail and has become a Nevada State Park.|
Fort Churchill. Fort Churchill has the most substantial ruins of any of the many forts built throughout the state during the Indian wars. It is a very informative place to visit while traveling through Nevada.
|One of the Nevada stations was at Dayton. Historically, what is Dayton's claim to fame?|
First discovery of gold in Nevada. While nearby Virginia City was one of the richest silver producers ever in the United States, Dayton lays claim to the first gold discovery in Nevada, made in 1859.
|What was the approximate average mileage that a Pony Express rider traveled for his assigned leg?|
33. According to the book "The Pony Express in Nevada," the average length of a leg was 33 and 1/3 miles.
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