Walley's Hot Springs
Original Date Visited: 5/13/07
Signed: Both lanes of SR 206
Notes: This marker was one of thirty markers that was re-vamped in 2015 in celebration of "Battle Born, 150th: A State Sesquicentennial" (as evident by the campaign's logo on the plaque). This marker has been moved a few times during its lifetime, and although it's clearly signed, don't be surprised if you never see it from the highway. Venture down into the resort itself and find find it right in front of the historic ice house near the entrance to the restaurant.
Like many Nevada hot springs, these dot a fault break along which the mountains rise.
In 1862, along this Carson branch of the Emigrant Trail, David and Harriet Walley developed a $100,000 spa with 11 baths, a ballroom, and gardens. The thermal waters 1136 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit became well known as a cure of "Rheumatism and Scrofulous affections.
It sold for a mere $5,000 in 1896, but functioned as a hotel until 1935 when it burned. Its cool cellar you see is still in use.
In 1962, trial hydro-thermal power holes were drilled here as deep as 1,250': maximum temperature 181 degrees Fahrenheit.
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