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 now even that has changed with the closing of the Ibapah Trading Post. Also it’s about as far west as you can go in Utah or the first place you come to after leaving Nevada; and it’s really isolated. Additionally there’s the Goshute Indian Reservation right there, straddling the state line
The Ibapah Trading Post – Sheridan’s Ranch
The Sheridan Ranch had been a Pony Express and stage stop in days gone by. One of the houses became a general store known now as the Ibapah Trading Post.
Sadly this benchmark of any LHW trip is not currently open although there are rumors of it being available for the centennial in 2013. Do ask at the house and they will let you look around. I found it sadly rundown and neglected. Here are a few more photographs:
Owen Sheridan advertized his hotel in the 1916 Lincoln Highway Guide.
South of Ibapah
Did I mention that the scenery is gorgeous? The area is watered from Deep Creek which supports a lively ranching and farming community.
Finally, since you must travel through the Goshute Reservation if you come from or are heading to the south, respect the tribe. It’s their land.
Until next time, travel wisely and safely.