Category Archives: Salt Lake Desert

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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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – Day Trip from S.L.C. Part 2

Now that we are headed south on the Skull Valley Road, the first thing of note will be Lone Rock to the west. Nearly every traveler’s diary made note of it. This shot was made at high noon but the … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Highway in Basin and Range – A Day Trip from Salt Lake City

Let’s take a day trip from Salt Lake City and visit some of the sites of the 1913 route and the 1919 shortcut. Remember that the object of the Lincoln Highway Association was to bypass the long route around the … Continue reading

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