|DIRECTIONS||Take U.S. 50 to Silver Springs, proceed south for 9.9 miles; turn east on the Simpson Road; 8.3 miles to local dirt road; take right and proceed 3.4 miles|
From the National Park Service:
L.C. Bishop and Paul Henderson, as well as the mail contract of 1861, list Desert as a station between Carson Sink and Fort Churchill. This obscure station probably housed telegraph activities and possibly served as a Pony Express station during the last few months of its existence. A good source of water later made the station a popular stopping point for travelers, miners, and teamsters in the 1860s.
Desert Station probably served as both a Pony Express station and an Overland Mail station. It's very likely that, as the route changed, Hooten Wells replaced it as a station.
That certainly would put you in the vicinity of Desert Station, with Hooten Wells becing about 1.2 miles to the NE as the crow flies. While Hooten Wells also reported was a Pony Express Station, they are two differnet locations. A notice to Appropriate Public Water dated 1936 made by Benjamin F. Casey of Fallon to divert water from Hooten Well was probably the impetus for the reference to "Casey's Well."
Some rock ruins and a collection of rusted metal things that previous visitors have stacked next to one of the monuments for your viewing pleasure.