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  Beckstead's Station


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From Fallon: Take Highway 95 Sout for about five miles


A Mr. Louis Alphonso Beckstead, born March 6, 1870 in Utah, lived in Georgetown, CA in 1896, and is listed on the California Voter Registraion rolls as "having a scar on his upper lip," being 5'9 1/2" tall with a medium complexion, gray eyes, and dark hair. In 1900 the census shows him still living in Georgetown, being single, and working as a butcher. He is listed in the 1910 the Federal census, and shows him living in Rawhide with his wife Carrie. He worked as a "miner in a copper mine" and she worked as a public school teacher. Churchill County World War I draft registrations shows his name as well. In 1911, according tothe lovely and talented Bunny Corkill of hte Churchill County Museum, the Becksteads moved several buildings from Rawhide to a location south of Fallon, and it became known as the Beckstead Store.

The 1920 census shows him living in the Sheckler District as a farmer. A 1930 U.S. census lists Louis A. Beckstead and his wife Caroline living at 44 North Broadway St. in Fallon. A 1940 census shows them living in Fallon at house # 35, either on Nevada St or Broadway, but it's not clear. He died in Phoenix, Arizona on November 28, 1942. His "usual occupation" was listed as "storekeeper." He was buried in Kelsey, California, near Placerville.

Then there is an "F.A. Beckstead" who is mentioned in the newspapers as being a respected merchant in Fallon. I'm guesssing it's a misprint.

On January 30, 1919, L.A. Beckstead was advertising in the Reno Evening Gazette "FOR SALE AT BARGAIN Our entire stock of general merchandise with all the store buildings and fixtures, together with 225 acres patented land... situated five miles from Fallon, in a rich farming belt.... barn 150 feet, store building 45 x 75, residence all furnished, besides 5 other buildings, lots of harnesses and wagons... All for the small sum of $24,000. Write or call Becjstead Mercantile Co, L.A. Beckstead, owner, Fallon, NV. I don't know if he got any takers at that time-- Bunny says they disposed of their store merchandise and sold their ranching interests around 930.

So, I'm guessing the store/station was in existence after 1910 until some time up until 1919, at least. the station was located on what is now E. Corkill Lane, which is all private property. This was the original road to the mines.



Private property.

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Beckstead Station, date unknown
(photo courtesy Churchill County Museum)
Beckstead Station, date unknown
(photo courtesy Churchill County Museum)