Schellbourne

At a rest area along US Highway 93 in the middle of nowhere, Nevada, a historical marker tells the story of the ghost town of Schellbourne, which was a town and mail station on the famed Pony Express line. The town sat four miles to the east of the rest area.

Schellbourne Rest Area in Nevada

Schellbourne Rest Area

 

Pony Express

The Pony Express station formed first in 1860 and lasted just a year. A path from the parking lot leads to a silhouette of a rider on his horse. Interpretive panels along the path have information on the Pony Express.

Pony Express trail at the Schellbourne Rest Area in Nevada

Pony Express trail

Pony Express panel at the Schellbourne Rest Area in Nevada

Pony Express panel

 

Schellbourne Town

Later on in the 1870s, a town developed after silver ore was discovered nearby. Over 500 people lived in Schellbourne until 1885, when the ore was depleted. The town is now part of a private ranch.

 

Lincoln Highway

Another panel at the rest area commemorates the historic Lincoln Highway, which once ran along this stretch of US 93.

Lincoln Highway panel at the Schellbourne Rest Area in Nevada

Lincoln Highway panel

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