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Sutcliffe is located on the west shore of Pyramid Lake.

Sessions S. Wheeler states that James Sutcliffe came west from Rhode Island in 1857 and lived in Virginia City in 1862. Sutcliffe married in 1885 started "The Willows" at site of what is know today as Sutcliffe.[1]

In 1892, the U.S. Congressional record stated: "Returning to the lake and turning north we next come to the place marked on the map as "The Willows. This is about 19 miles from the agency and is only a fishing post but at the same time it being on the old stage route from Reno to Fort Bidwell it is made to serve as a stopping place for travelers and teamsters. The place is occupied by James H. Sutcliffe. He has a small cheap house no barn nor garden. He keeps a few boats to rent to persons coining there to fish He values his entire improvements at $250. He does not claim to have any title and has always understood and known that he was on the reservation."[2]

In 1945, Harry Drackert leased the resort, which at some point was named the Pyramid Lake Guest Ranch.[1]

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