Letter About the Humboldt Sink

Identifier: NC1321

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 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.

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.


1 Sheets (1 page)

Language of Materials



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.


Arranged as a single item.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Holabird Western American Collections in May 2018.

Guide to the Letter about Humboldt Sink
Jessica Maddox
May 2018
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Repository Details

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

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