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Washoe County, Nevada Postmark Collection

Identifier: 2017-47
Collection contains five postcards and envelopes with Washoe County post office postmarks, including one from Steamboat (1909), two from Wadsworth (1879 and circa 1880s), one from Flanigan (1951) and one from Pyramid (1954). The 1879 postmark from Wadsworth is written to a William Smith in White Planes, Nevada which was the site of an early 1870s salt discovery. The postcard was written six months before the post office was established there.


  • 1879-1954


Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


0.1 Cubic Feet (5 items)


Postcards and envelopes with postmarks from various town and ghost town post offices in Washoe County, Nevada. Collection contains five items from the following locations: Steamboat, Wadsworth, Flanigan, and Pyramid.

Administrative History

Flanigan, Nevada is a ghost town located in the Honey Lake Valley just north of Reno and approximately 5 miles from the Lassen County, California boarder. Flanigan was established in 1909 as a railroad town. In 1914, a post office was established and operated until March 1961.

Steamboat, Nevada, also known as Steamboat Springs, Nevada, is located south of Reno. A Virginia and Truckee Railroad depot was established there in 1871 as a transfer point to coaches for passengers bound for the Comstock, although after the line extension was completed, this type of business rapidly declined.

Wadsworth, Nevada is located east of Reno. Originally named Drytown, it was established as a trading post along the emigrant trail in 1854. In 1868, it was renamed in honor of Civil War army officer James Samuel Wadsworth, who was killed during the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. The post office was officially established on August 20, 1868.

Pyramid, Nevada was located near Pyramid Lake and has been served by two separate post offices, the first from February to October 1879 and the second beginning on April 20, 1880. The second post office was a station on a Southern Pacific Railroad branch line.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC in July 2017.
An inventory to the Washoe County, Nevada Postmark Collection
Jessica Maddox
August 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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