Double Springs

Douglas County
  38.79409, -119.59965

"I managed to catch some great light on the foothills of the Pine Nut Range. This relatively remote range in western Nevada has remained mostly unchanged since the time of the Washo people and such a marker (and location) is quite significant ... I just wish more people would stop to read about it." -- Journal Entry, August 2007

Along US 395, 13 miles south of Gardnerville

Original Date Visited: 8/24/07

Signed: Both lanes of US 395

  • [126] Marker 126 and the scenic Pine Nut Range behind it
  • [126] This is the last Nevada marker in the series with a rare mapped plaque.
  • [126] Here is another marker that often goes unnoticed by hundreds of commuters everyday.
  • [126] Marker 126 and the scenic Pine Nut Range behind it
  • [126] Marker 126 and the scenic Pine Nut Range behind it

Exact Description:
Double Springs was the notorious Round Tent Ranch, or Spragues, another station on the road to Esmeralda. Here, James C. Dean, one of the owners and Justice of the Peace in the District in 1864, murdered his wife. This station was connected by the Olds Toll Road with the headquarters of the horse thieves at Fairview.

This was also the place where the Washo Indian tribe, assisted by their neighbors, the Paiutes, held round dances in the spring to assure the growth of the pine nut, their staple food, and again in the fall for the quality and quantity of the crop.

About four miles north is Mammoth Lodge, post office of the Eagle Mining District, and the polling place in 1861 of the Mammoth precinct of Douglas County. After 1866, it was known as Carter's Station, a stopping place on the road to Esmeralda.

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 [183] -- Walker River Indian Reservation   Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada (Online Nevada Encyclopedia) 

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