Ragtown

Ragtown (HMSD7)

Location: Fallon, NV 89406 Churchill County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 30.341', W 118° 55.153'

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Ragtown was never a town, but the name of a most welcome oasis and hamlet. This mecca on the banks of nearby Carson River received its name from the appearance of pioneer laundry spread on every handy bush around.

The Forty-Mile Desert, immediately to the north, was the most dreaded portion of the California Emigrant Trail. Ragtown was the first water stop after the desert. To the thirst-crazed emigrants and their animals, no site was more welcome than the trees lining the Carson River.

Imagine, if you will, the moment when the animals first picked up the scent of water—the lifted head, the quickened pace, and finally mad, frenzied dash to the water's edge. Then, rest and repair for the arduous crossing of the Sierra Nevada that lay ahead.

In 1854, Asa Kenyon located a trading post near Ragtown. Here he offereed goods and supplies to the trappers. During the 1850's and 1860's, Ragtown was one of the most important sites on the Carson Branch of the California Trail.
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HM NumberHMSD7
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Marker Number19
Placed ByNevada State Park System and the Churchill County Historical Committee
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 3:46pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 334995 N 4374653
Decimal Degrees39.50568333, -118.91921667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 30.341', W 118° 55.153'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 30' 20.46" N, 118° 55' 9.18" W
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Area Code(s)775
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8349-8713 Lincoln Highway, Fallon NV 89406, US
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