Lays Ranch

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Lays Ranch is a former ranch at or near the present-day Jackson Creek Ranch, located on the northeast arm of the Black Rock Desert on the west side of the Jackson Range.

In Humboldt County 1905, page 34 has a map showing two Lay Ranch, one at what appears to be the location of Jackson Creek Ranch, the other in the Jackson Range. The text states that the author traveled from Willow Creek Ranch up Trout Creek Canyon to the source of Jackson Creek and then down to the Lay Ranch. The next day, they traveled 2.5 miles down Jackson Creek to the Nelson Mine and then on to a second Lay Brothers Ranch.[1]

In 1911, it was reported that Albert Lay's ranch was northeast of Sulphur.[2]

In 1919, a murderer surrendered at Albert Lay's ranch at Jackson Creek.[3]

Lays Ranch appears in a 1919 State of Nevada road map on the east side of the Sulphur road, whereas today Jackson Creek Ranch is on the west side of the road.[4]

Lays Ranch appears on a 1927 map north of Sulphur.[5]

The GNIS does not have a listing for a place named Lays Ranch in Nevada, though at one time the GNIS listed an alternate name for Jackson Creek Ranch was Lay Ranch.

Lays Ranch appears in the 1941 Index to the Geographical Names of Nevada.[6]

In 1968, Mack spells the name as Leay Brothers Ranch and states that there were two ranches, one after crossing the Black Rock Desert, at the foot of the Jackson Range, the other after crossing the Jackson range at the edge of the Willow Creek Desert.[7]

Lays Ranch is mentioned in Perry's first-person description of the Mike Daggett incidents.[8]


  1. "Humboldt County 1905," Allen C. Bragg, 1905.
  2. "No Word is heard from Posse Today," Reno Evening Gazette, February 22, 1911.
  3. "Mexican admits Slaying Japanese," Reno Evening Gazette, August 30, 1919.
  4. "Roadmap of the State of Nevada," Nevada Department of Highways, 1919
  5. National Map Company, "Sectional paved road map," 1927.
  6. "Index to the Geographical Names of Nevada," Rogers McVaugh, Francis Raymond Fosberg, 1941.
  7. "The Last Indian Massacre of 1911," p. 45-46, Mona Effie Mack, 1968.
  8. "The Last Indian Uprising in the United States," Frank Vernon Perry, Winter 1972, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly.