Battle Creek Ranch

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First named "Fish Creek", the name was changed after a 1866 battle.

Below is the text from Records of California Men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867:

"On the eleventh of January 1866, Captain George D. Conrad, with thirty-five men of Company, and twenty-five me of Company I, under Lieutenant Duncan, Second California Cavalry Volunteers, attacked a band of hostile Indians on the west side of Queens River, near Fish Creek. Thirty-five Indians were killed and nine taken prisoner. Corporal Biswell and private Allen of Company I, and privates Thomas A. Duffield, John Riley, and Richard Shultz of Company B, Second California Cavalry, were wounded. Two horses were killed and nine wounded."[1]

Sessions Wheeler further describes the battle that occurred.[2]

Battle Creek Ranch is located on the northeast arm of the Black Rock Desert, 8 miles north of Paiute Meadows, 7 miles south of Bartlett Creek.[3]

In 1898, Arthur Herschel, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Herschel was killed in an accident at Battle Creek Ranch.[4]

In 1911, there was a legal case involving firearms at Battle Creek. A Mrs. Herschel apparently owned the ranch.[5]

Miller and Lux sold Paiute Meadows, Battle Creek and Bartlett Creek in 1926 to W.A. Johnstone and son, Sam Johnstone, who in turn sold to Porter in 1945.[6]


  1. "Records of California Men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867," California. Adjutant General's Office, p. 186, 1890.
  2. "Nevada's Black Rock Desert," Sessions Wheeler, 1978, p. 134.
  3. "Large Gold Area Located at Bartlett Creek," Reno Evening Gazette, February 15, 1933, p. 8.
  4. "Arthur Herschel Accidentally Killed," Silver State, Winnemucca, July 12, 1898, p. 3.
  5. "Martin Acquitted of an Assault Charge," Reno Evening Gazette, August 4, 1911, p. 6.
  6. "Johnson Ranches sold at Humboldt," Reno Gazette-Journal January 15, 1945, p. 6