Dixie Valley We Visited: 3/17/01
39 41' 16"N, 118 04' 47"W - DIXIE VALLEY quad

Directions: US 50 East for 40 miles, then Dixie Valley Road (SR 121) North for 27 miles, then East on Settlement Road for about 4 miles

From Fallon: 71 miles

What Was

In 1861 an interest in mining the locally available salt, potash, and borax drew miners to the area. This interest was sporadic, and it wasn't until the early 1900's that some decided to take advantage of the abundant water in the valley, which naturally manifested itself in the form of springs, which supply water to the area even today. There were roughly 50 families living on ranches growing alfalfa and raising cattle, using the water which just spews out of the ground up there.

Post Office: Mar 1918 - Dec 1933

Newspaper: None

What is

On the other hand, you have lots of flat land and good weather, perfect for flying supersonic jets as fast as they will go while you shoot things and drop bombs. Since the 1980's, Dixie Valley has been part of the U.S. Navy's electronic warfare range. They must also use it for ground training, since we found a pile of 7.62 NATO and 5.56 NATO blank cartridges- with links- on a street corner. Dixie Valley is an interesting blend of abandoned ranches, cows, and parked armored vehicles. Some homes look suspiciously lived in, and one- surrounded by signs warning about Federal trespass- looks pretty new. Smooth dirt roads "in town." a couple of street signs still standing. On the east side of Dixie Valley you can see the six foot vertical fault from the 1954 7.3 earthquake. This was the 12th largest earthquakes in the contiguous United States. The Navy's nearby Centroid facility basically makes the valley into a giant game board for its jets to play on.

Lots of things left behind
That lived in look
No more rodeo practice
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