"(#244) Well, that's one way to wreck a party. All but ONE marker keeps us from fully conquering Elko County ... and it's a marker that is nowhere to be found. Meh. Whoever said marker hunting was easy ..." -- Journal Entry, August 2008
According the State Marker System, the location for this marker reads as follows ...
"Located on State Route 225, twenty-five miles north of Elko, Nevada."
Today, this marker is currently missing.
Original Date Visited: 8/21/08
Currently Missing -- Last Seen: January 2003
August 2008: We were elated to finally finish off the conquering of this massive county. Alas, our hopes were shot down because of this single unexpected MIA at Dinner Station. Apparently the original station fell victim to a fire in 2005. This story coincides with the marker's dedication a year later. The owners rebuilt the home, but couldn't save the marker. This is significant because  was the last of the Standard-issue designs before the SHPO switched to all metal plaques. (All markers after Dinner Station were built using concrete slabs and flat plaques in the metal-type.) So then, did the SHPO realize the flaw in their marker design? Today, the newly-renovated Dinner Station still stands as a testament to the history of this historic roadside outpost. Considering the woes of state budget cuts it's unlikely  will bear a replacement. Although it is a private residence, at least it's nice to see the building itself.
Dinner Station stands as a reminder of Nevada's stagecoach era. Established in the early 1870's by William C. (Hill) Beachey as a meal stop for the Tuscarora and Mountain City stage lines, it was originally known as Weilands. The name was later changed to Oldham's Station when a change of ownership took place. A frame structure originally accommodated the traffic, but a fine two-story stone station house, out-buildings and a corral were built following a fire in the 1800's. Early in the Twentieth Century, both automobiles and hose-drawn stages stopped at and it became one of the most popular country inns of the time. After 1910, when automobiles become more common, the station ceased to be used.
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