Category Archives: Utah

The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Orr’s Ranch Revisited

I have shown you a few photos of Orr’s Ranch (near Dugway, Utah) before, but not this one. Orr’s Ranch was an important stop on the LHW since it was the last place for gasoline and other supplies before reaching … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Ibapah, Far Western Utah

I must say that Ibapah has acquired something of a mystique amongst Lincoln Highway enthusiasts and I’m certainly one of those who feels that way. In recent years it was the only location with gasoline between Ely and Tooele, but … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Goodyear Cutoff and Gold Hill

I left Callao with some regret – the beauty and the isolation are so attractive. The photo below is of the road from Gold Hill looking back to the flats. Callao would be the vague line of green in the … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – The Old vs. The New – On To Ibapah

Let’s review the object of this Salt Lake Desert route: it was to bypass the salt flats and travel on relatively hard ground from Dugway to Ibapah. Look at this sketch of the area. Click on it to enlarge – … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Callao, Utah

Approaching from the east, near Boyd’s Station, Callao looks like a thin, green oasis against the impressive and often snow covered heights of the Deep Creek Range. It is an oasis of sorts, a small farming community whose pioneer history … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – John Thomas Ranch (Fish Springs N. W. R.)

Travelers coming south from the Dugway area would not find water or services again until they reached J. J. Thomas’ Ranch. The people in the photograph include J. J. Thomas. Notice the automobile wheel in the far right (looks like … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – West to Fish Spings – Dugway Pass

We’re not yet reconnected to the Lincoln Highway since we’re still bypassing the Dugway Proving Grounds. Leaving Simpson’s Spring and heading west we come to the last barrier beforeĀ  rejoining the LHW near Fish Springs. This is the pass that … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Simpson Springs

Captain James Simpson is an important figure because he defined the major wagon and Pony Express route through central Nevada. Much of this became the Lincoln Highway. The definitive book on his journey is his own report: This book is … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – West from Orr’s Ranch

The Salt Lake Desert Orr’s Ranch was the last major stop for travelers heading west until one reached Ely. The roads from there were questionable and the advice from the Guidebook was this: “Some difficulties may be encountered in this … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Day Trip from S. L. C. Part 3

Orr’s Ranch It is mentioned in every guidebook. It was a “must stop” near the eastern edge of the Salt Lake Desert because it was the last opportunity for gasoline and supplies before heading west on the Goodyear Cutoff. One … Continue reading

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