Humboldt County
  40.83958, -117.19173

"After idling at a stop for a few minutes, the silence of the desert suddenly bites back. There is nothing out here, and I don't say this about a lot of places! Whatever Stonehouse was, or more importantly, wherever its marker might be now, would welcome back at any time. Not sure who to inquire on this." -- Journal Entry, August 2009

At Exit 212 from Interstate 80, 25 miles east of Battle Mountain

Original Date Visited: 8/14/09

Revisited: 2/19/16

Signed: No

Replacement Marker Dedication: April 2015
Any story dealing with Marker 239 yields a rough and rocky one. In 2009, my conquering of Humboldt County was felled quickly upon discovering that this marker had sadly gone missing, or rather, had been missing for fifteen years! Days later I dove deep into investigating this case and after some pretty sweaty webbing, I came upon a handful of photos of the old marker - confirming that I'd been at the right location: at the Stonehouse interchange, 25 miles west of Battle Mountain. Ironically, the photos showed that the marker was in great shape!

Let's fast forward, nearly twenty years in fact that the SHPO has since replaced this long-lost marker at the very same location it had once stood so long ago. Luckily our cries were heard and in 2015, [239] was resurrected as one of thirty re-vamped markers in celebration of "Battle Born, 150th: A State Sesquicentennial" (as evident by the campaign's logo on the plaque). If may have taken twenty years, but representation of this old station can finally be seen in this lonely country in between Battle Mountain and Winnemucca. The weary traveler plying past the "Stonehouse" exit now has an excuse to stay awhile, then stand amidst the silence and reflect what has been preserved.

  • Marker 239 is back and better than ever after twenty long years
  • Marker 239 plaque
  • The bleak view surrounding Marker 239

Exact Description:
This historic site takes its name from the stone house whose ruins can be seen to the northwest on Lone Tree Hill. Indians and passing emigrants once camped here and the house was erected in the 1860's by officials of the Overland Stage Company as a dining and overnight rest stop. The Central Pacific Railroad was constructed through this section of Humboldt County in 1868, and the nearby springs provided water for engines. A small community flourished here for a number of years to serve the needs of railroaders and neighboring ranchers and there was a Post Office which operated from November of 1890 to March of 1915.

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