"A typical day in downtown Wellington is as follows ... A magpie chirps and perhaps feasts on fresh roadkill, or an RTH screeches from above, in search of its next cold-blooded meal down below. In the meantime, the raging waters of the West Walker River echo like a crescendo to this rural masterpiece, rolling wildly from the innards of Hoye Canyon only to feed and funnel into even more churning waters; canals, headed for one of many green pastures overlaid on the valley floor. On occasion, a car or two will lazy on through town ... a clutter of cheers will resonate from the Wellington bar by the onset of a touchdown ... or, a tractor will treat the ground with the most tender care. A typical day in downtown Wellington is a sight to behold ... and to be heard. #74 conquered." -- Journal Entry, August 2008
Original Date Visited: 8/30/08
Signed: Due to its unique three way crossroads the signage is limited here to eastbound SR 208 and westbound SR 829.
Following the mining boom in the Aurora District in 1860, Jack Wright and Leonard Hamilton put up a bridge across the West Walker River and established a stage station at this location. Wagons and stages were repaired, horses shod and the station became a trading center for nearby ranches and farms.
In 1863, Daniel Wellington bought out the interests of Wright and Hamilton and the station became known as "Wellington's." The Wellington Hotel, located about a half mile south of the station, was constructed by wagonmaster Zadok Pierce in 1875. Over the years it has served as a livery stable, freight station, general store and post office.
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