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A railroad siding west of Sand Pass, Patrick I. Flannigan.

Flannigan (b. 1860, d. 1920), came to Nevada in 1877 and started raising sheep. In 1886, he squatted on land at Truckee Meadows. Eventually, he owned the Smoke Creek Ranch, the Big Canyon Ranch[1] and many other ranches in northern Washoe County. He also owned property in California at the Madelaine Plains. He became interested in politics and turned over the day to day operation of his businesses to others. In 1916, heavy losses forced him to sell. At the time of the sale, he had 30,000 sheep, 10,000 cattle and over 1,000 horses.[2]

WPRR 1910 Timetable showing Flanigan


  1. Kay Mergen, "Reno Follows Strange Case of Kidnapped Carriage Step," August 13, 1954, Reno Evening Gazette, p. 6.
  2. Clel Georgetta, "Sheep In Nevada," in the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Summer, 1965 and in "Nevada, The Silver State," vol. 1, p. 29, Western States Historical Publishers, 1970.