Meadow Canyon

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Nye County

The Meadow Canyon route was established in 1874 as a toll road connecting Jefferson to Belmont. This route was used to haul supplies. This would have been a very rough stage route through the Toquima Mountains, climbing from 7,500 feet at Jefferson to almost 8,800 feet at the peak of the route. The stage driver would have to drop back down to 8,000 by the time they hit the crossroad in Meadow Canyon. All of this would have occurred within a 4 1/2 mile stretch between Jefferson and the Meadow Canyon crossroad. From the crossroad, the impressive stone building is located another 1 3/4 miles down the canyon. This would have been an ideal location for a stage station or resting point at a friendly ranch. The area around the impressive stone building has water nearby, as well as lush grass meadows and corrals. As you travel down Meadow Canyon and exit out onto the valley floor, there is another very old stone cabin sitting right on the side of the road. These two locations are almost exactly 4 miles apart. I have no historical proof that these buildings were used as part of the toll road or stage route. But it would make a lot of sense if they were. I'm going to keep researching this route. Hopefully I can add some further details about the history of these stone buildings one day.

Post Office: None

Last Trip/ Road Conditions: I've been up here several times. The last trip was in the Fall of 2020 while deer hunting. It is an awesome drive. It is a pretty well-maintained dirt road. This area gets a lot of winter snow, so take that into consideration if planning a winter trip. If you go beyond the upper stone building, you will eventually hit the old Forest Service cabin. Traveling beyond this point will require a better vehicle, as the road starts to get bad. I attached one photograph of the upper end of the road so that you can assess it for yourself.