Stonehouse

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Nye County

AKA: Smith's Station

A man from Tennessee named L.D. Smith built this house in the early 1860's. It was a stop on the Belmont to Austin stage line. Smith seemed to have gambling issues. This caused run-ins with both the law, and with other residents in the area. In the fall of 1868, he was caught in the possession of 21 head of cattle that belonged to J.F. Durgin. On New Year's Day 1869, he was involved in a shooting with a man named Farley. He received a bullet wound that was expected to be fatal. However, he lived and recovered. Just a few months later on March 2nd, he was shot and killed after drawing a gun on a former employee named E.L. Musick. Smith and Musick had money issues with each other regarding a team of oxen. Smith's widow ran the place for many years after this. M.W. Corcoran bought the place in the 1880's. The Belmont to Austin Stage stopped running through here in the 1890's. From there, it was bought by the Hooper family. It was bought by the Pine Creek Ranch in the 1960's. When we were there deer hunting in 2020, there was a sign near here designating that the Hages and the Pine Creek Ranch are affiliated with this place now.

Post Office: None. Mail likely would have been received at Belmont.

Last Trip/ Road Conditions: The photographs are from June of 2017. It looked the same in the Fall of 2020. The Monitor Valley Road out of Belmont is dirt, but it is usually graded and pretty smooth. Remember, once you hit Belmont, you are 50 or 60 miles from Tonopah. As you continue north to places like Stonehouse, you will keep getting further and further from any convenience.

Sources: Belmont Nevada (By: Alan H. Patera); Preserving the Glory Days- Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Nye County, Nevada (By: Shawn Hall).