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(surveying the) Desert Area near Jungo Nevada 1931

In 1888, it was reported that Jungo Point was a stage stop on a mail route between Winnemucca and "Denio's".[1]

The town of Jungo is said to be named for Jungo Point, which is a survey peak located 11 miles from Jungo.[2]

Jungo, located between Sulphur and Winnemucca, is the site of a former town. Jungo started in 1910 as a station to the Western Pacific Railroad. The post office opened on January 31, 1911 and closed on May 31, 1952.

The 1914-1915 WPRR Descriptive Time Table stated: "These are the Jungo flats, a basin fifty mile in area, as level and as bare as a deal table. From Jungo many sheep and cattle are annually shipped. Westward from Jungo Is the barrier Antelope Range, over which the train climbs. The gravelly and greasy shale formations of the ascent indicate oil, and oil is being found in paying quantities."[3]

George B. Austin lived in Jungo for many years. In 1936, Austin bought the Jumbo Mine, which was located 36 miles to the north. Former President Herbert Hoover visited the mine and pronounced that the mine was worth holding on to. George Austin offered to pay for that advice and was told by Mr. Hoover "That kind of advice is free."

Jungo was the shipping point for the Iron King Mine, located in the Jackson Range[4].

Jungo Road (aka Nevada State Route 49 is the road from Winnemucca to Gerlach. Apparently, this road is also known as Nevada Road #2048 (?). Near the Black Rock Desert playa, it is known as "The High Road.". From its western terminus between Gerlach and Empire, it passes near Frog (Garrett Ranch) Springs, Trego, Sulphur and Jungo, before terminating at Winnemucca.

In 2012, Recology obtained a permit for a dump near Jungo. The permit was appealed in May, 2012 and Recology won the appeal.[5] In December 2016, the proposal expired.[6]

Jungo Road


  1. "Beevities - Local and General Intelligence," Reno Evening Gazette, July 19, 1888, p. 3.
  2. Helen S. Carlson, "Nevada Place Names," p. 147.
  3. "Descriptive Time Tables, Denver and Rio Grande - Western Pacific, Winter 1914-1915."
  4. Ronald Willden, "General Geology of the Jackson Mountains Humboldt County, Nevada," Geological Survey Bulletin 1141-D, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1963
  5. "Jungo Disposal Site," jungoland.com, dead link, see archive.org, March 3, 2016.
  6. "Adios Recology... And good riddance!," nolandfill.wordpress.com, December 7, 2016.


Historical References

(In chronological order)

  • "Humboldt Items - Rich Strike - Stock Doing Well, and a criminal case," The Weekly Gazette and Stockman, February 20, 1890. "The mining experts who went out to Jungo say there are very few dead cattle and a great many live ones on the Jackson Creek desert. The cattle look well and there are lakes of water miles from the hills, they now range and get good feed where they cannot in the summer."
  • Helen S. Carlson, "Nevada Place Names," p. 147. The Jungo post office operated from January 31, 1911 until May 31, 1952.
  • Trego, Robert, "Black Rock Desert Roads," Nevada State Journal, October 23, 1955, p10-11. Low resolution images of Jungo, Robert Trego states that "Emergency Zephyr Water" was available at Jungo in 1955. Also mentioned are Sulphur and Jungo.
  • Dayton Lummis, "Dust Devils," p. 72. By 1963, Jungo was deserted, but the hotel had not yet burned.
  • http://nvghosttowns.topcities.com/humboldt/humlst.htm Jungo came into being in 1910 as a station when the Western Pacific Railroad was completed. Became the major shipping point for a huge area. A substantial town developed but by the 1930s, its usefulness was gone and Jungo faded. Since the 1940s, only a handful of hearty souls have lived here. A large hotel from the early days still stands as do a number of other buildings. (Dead link, 2-Dec-2013)

Map References

WPRR 1910 Timetable showing Jungo

Geology References


  • Jungo, Nevada 1936 (artsandculture.google.com). These photos are from Time Life, apparently rights might be available via Shutterstock. The photographer credit is "unknown" which could mean that these are WPA photos.
  • Jungo Hotel (nytstore.com) Dead link as of 01-Dec-2013, which is a possible source of a 1930s Jungo Hotel picture. See archive.org.