I have to head to Boise, ID the first week of May to pick up my 2009 Nash 22H travel trailer. The trip will be over 600 miles that will take 9 1/2 hours to get there. Traveling north of Las Vegas, NV on Highway 93 through the eastern Nevada Great Basin Country.
This is some of the most beautiful, remote and desolate landscape in the country.
Wild horses roam free.
Schellbourne Pony Express Station
Schellbourne, north of Ely on Hwy 93, in the foothills of the Schell Creek mountain range, was a Shoshone Indian village site long before it became a Pony Express station. In 1859, Captain James Simpson passed through the site looking for a short route across the Great Basin. That same year an Overland Stage and Mail station was built at Schellbourne. In 1860 the Pony Express used the same facilities and when the telegraph arrived in 1863, it passed over the same route.
During the rush to Virginia City mines in western Nevada in 1859 and 1860, it became necessary for the Army to send troops to this point to protect the travelers.
Silver ore was discovered in the mountains immediately to the east of Schellbourne in the early 1870s and it became part of the Aurum Mining District in 1871. An active mining camp developed with a population of more than 500. But by 1885, the ore had been mostly depleted and the camp was abandoned.
The Aurum District and the adjacent valley were then acquired by “Uncle Billy” Burke as a ranch. Schellbourne has operated as the headquarters for various ranches since that time.
This will be quite an adventure. Last time I towed a trailer was a four horse trailer on my ranch 30 years ago. After I hook up the trailer in Boise, I will take it slow and easy coming home with my wagon. That said, I will still lay a shotgun across my lap to discourage stage robbers and Injun’ trouble.