Letter About the Humboldt Sink

 Collection
Identifier: NC1321
Collection contains one letter written by Q. R. Nistington (s.p.) on November 13, 1876 about his plans to move 590 heads of cattle from Murphy's Station through the Humboldt Sink to Ragtown in November 1876.

Dates

  • November 13, 1876

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Extent

1 Sheets (1 page)

Overview

Letter written by Q. R. Nistington regarding moving 590 head of cattle from Murphy's Station, Nevada through the Humboldt Sink to Ragtown, Nevada in November 1876.

Biographical / Historical

The Humboldt Sink is a dry lake bed located in Northwestern Nevada. It is surrounded by notorious Forty Mile Desert, a grueling portion of the Overland Trail traversed by pioneers on their way to California in the mid-1800s. Many pioneers and their livestock came to their demise in this area due to the lack of water and food along the trail.

Arrangement

Arranged as a single item.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Holabird Western American Collections in May 2018.
Title
Guide to the Letter about Humboldt Sink
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
May 2018
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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