Van Riper Spring

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In 1942, several residents were named as defendants in a lawsuit brought by the Federal Government to establish the Black Rock Desert Gunnery Range. The amount of land is listed as 669,700 acres. Named in the suite are Samuel K. Johnstone, Walter A. Johnstone, M?nnie Johnstone, (Johnstone Spring?), Estate of George Sweeney, Edwin E. Van Riper (Van Riper Spring), Ben Cassidy (Cassidy Mine?), Fred Vogel (Vogel Weiss Ranch?), R. R. Whittier, John Doe De Voe, Albert Comes, A. D. Ramel (Red Butte Mining District), Walter L. Lowe, G. R. Simpson, Dorthy M. L. Simpson, and Ed Thompson.[1]


  1. Nevada State Journal, "Army Wants Desert Land," p. 10, October 17, 1942.