Astor was a stop on the Fernley and Lassen Railway, between Zenobia and Easton.  The name may refer to [John Jacob Astor], an early fir trader, whose grandson, [John Jacob Astor IV], died on the Titanic in April, 1912 during the time the railway was being built
The Astor Pass is nearby.
- Nevada Railroads SL-171 Passenger Stations and Stops
- Helen S. Carlson, "Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary", p. 179.