|Clan Alpine (Alpine)|
39° 32' 12"N, 117° 50' 11"W - CLAN ALPINE RANCH quad
Our breakfast: Eggs at the Wild Horse Cafe
|DIRECTIONS||From Fallon, take HIghway 50 east for 60 miles; turn left on Old Overland Road and go north about 10 miles; turn left and go west about 0.2 miles. Historic Clan Alpine Ranch is on other side of the main road- the ranch IS occupied and IS private property. From Fallon: 70 miles|
"In 1866 the Silver Lode Mining Go. erected a 10-stamp mill at the mouth of Cherry Creek, where the camp of Alpine was laid out. A number of stone buildings, now in ruins, attest this early activity. The veins proved to be narrow and low-grade, so that the district was abandoned after several years. Except for sporadic prospecting, there has been little mining since the early days. In all probability not more than a few thousand dollars has been produced. In April 1939 the only mining in this area was on the Nevada Gold group of claims." (Vanderburg, RoMDICCN)
The Civil War was still raging when prospectors started poking around the Clan Alpine Range where the abandoned camp of Clan Alpine now stands. U.S. Grant's Overland Campaign had just begun when a notice was published to gather local miners.
Looks like everyone came to an amicable agreement.
Notice was taken of the districts minerals about this time.
No time was wasted in the exploration and estimations of the region's promise.
A call went out for miners.
Clan Alpine was turning into a thriving camp.
The post office at Clan Alpine was already closed.
F. M. Whittaker representing Eastern capital in search of gold prospects arrived at Wadsworth Sunday and leaves for Clan Alpine, Churchill county, today to take a look at the mines at that place. He will return soon ad inspect White Horse District.
W. W. Williams had two teams, an eight and a four animal, in Wadsworth from Clan Alpine this week for lumber and supplies.
Families in the area got to know each other.
Even mules saw the promise of the district.
The mail route was improved, but the ore was running out. It was only a matter of time now.
The stage is now making daily trips ad we are in closer touch with Wadsworth. There is a fair prospect of a mail route to be established to Alpine with a weekly service. The distance is about 70 miles. Alpine is a post office at J. A. Danielson's ranch and distributes mail for Warren Williams, Dalton, Healy, Towl, and others in the valley of Clan Alpine in the extreme eastern end of the county. The route would be on the line of travel from Wadsworth and Stillwater to Ione.
Still miners poked around, but the the town was already dying.
The post office closed in 1914, and the town emptied.
Frederick Arthur Dalton was born October 23, 1871 in Clan Alpine, Nevada, to William T. Dalton and Elizabeth Shaw.
|POST OFFICE||March 12, 1866 - May 21, 1868 (Clan Alpine)
August 6, 1894 - November 14, 1914 (Alpine)
Splendid rock ruins, friendly folks at the Clan Alpine Ranch let us look around and take all the pictures we wanted. The site of Clan Alpine, which was the mill and some miscellaneous buildings, is at the mouth of Cherry Creek Canyon, about 3/4 of a mile west of the ranch. We amused ourselves by riding up War Canyon and making the loop over to Cherry Creek Canyon, a ride made even more interesting by the fact that it was deer season. Thankfully, no one mistook our handlebars for a rack and we escaped relatively unscathed.
By the way, we tasted the hamburgers at Cold Springs (since burned to the ground) and they are good. I mean, really, really good. Luis provides some detail:
"As we arrived at Cold Springs Station, I was leery as to the quality of the food that would be served as they are so isolated. The next stop was miles away- I figured that those that ate there wouldn't be too picky as what was served. I was pleasantly surprised, though, not only in the cozy surroundings inside but when we got our order, it far exceeded my expectations. The massive burger had a fresh bun, crisp lettuce and a huge slab of ground round, topped off with a generous heap of steak fries. The cook/waiter was friendly and service was outstanding, and was reasonably priced. It was a very pleasant dining experience, and a great way to end a long ride in the Alpine range. I know we will go again should we ever be in that neck of the woods again."
UPDATE October 2021