5 MILE HOUSE NEVADA
A travelers delite
Unoccupied Historic Location
OriginThe 5 Mile House was a private ranch located near the mouth of the Del Monte Canyon 5 miles below Aurora Nevada. The residents catered to travelers by providing meals, water and a favorable resting point. The property contained two large corrals which allowed visitors of Aurora to store their livestock while proceeding up Kiln Canyon to the bustling town.
In past visits to Aurora I noticed an area between the mouth of the Del Monte Canyon and Fletcher where it appeared a structure once stood. There were remnants of old fencing, a foundation and tall shrub trees. An obvious location of former activity. Researching mapping software and the Nevada-Mineral county names data base, I discovered this historic location. Further research uncovered what little history I have included here.
J. Ross Brown, Author of Adventures in the Apache Country, published in 1871, described it location as “a Pleasant rural station, conveniently situated as a watering place for man and beast. Here, in a desert flat, the effects of irrigation have been made apparent. It is difficult to conceive that a blade of grass could be made to grow in so barren a spot; yet, by the introduction of a small stream (Bodie Creek) from the neighboring hills, the enterprising proprietor has succeeded in making quite a thrifty little farm. His vegetable garden is really a curiosity. Cabbages, beets, potatoes, and greens of various sorts flourish with a luxuriance that would do credit to California. I had seen before, in the neighborhood of Aurora, and mention it now as one of the anomalies of this strange country, some very remarkable examples of the natural fertility of this sage-desert soil. All it requires is irrigation to make it as productive as the best soil in any country”.