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Jarbidge, Nevada

Trail Difficulty:

Easy and suitable for all vehicles (including most standard automobiles that are driven with care) on the main county road into Jarbidge and north to the Forks of the Jarbidge River; Moderate and likely some Difficult on various trails nearby. I would recommend AWD (all-wheel-drive) or 4WD (4-wheel-drive) even on the main roads in the event that it rains, as the surface of these roads can turn quite slippery and muddy.

Season:

Late spring, Summer, Autumn. Snowy winters can leave the route closed until summer and close the route by early autumn.

Elevations:

5,500' to 8,500'

Cell phone Signal:

No

Running Surface Water?:

Several creeks, Jarbidge River.

Trail Travel Density:

Light.

Nearest Supplies/Emergency Aid:

Elko, Nevada or Twin Falls, Idaho. There is an EMT and Elko County Sheriff deputy living at Jarbidge and local citizens are part of a Search & Rescue team.

Other:

As of September 2006 there is once again gas and diesel available for purchase in Jarbidge at the Sinclair gas station. This station was closed to the public for an extended period of time. Update: In September 2007 the Sinclair station was still open and selling gas and diesel for about 20¢ per gallon more than Elko prices.



NOTE: Between July 22 and 30, 2007, the massive Murphy Complex of fires impacted the northern and southern portions of the region of this narrative. The town of Jarbidge was not hit by the flames, though they did come within a mile of the community. More information on the fire will be found in the appropriate section of this page below.




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The country in and around Jarbidge, Nevada is a scenic wonder, located in the northeastern part of Nevada. High mountains covered with tall conifers and aspen jut high above the surrounding sagebrush prairie and invite the traveler to its cool heights.


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The small village of Jarbidge itself is also a wonder – it's an isolated and tiny outpost with not a piece of pavement within 18 miles (in Idaho); yet offers a few basic services at very reasonable prices. The town's people are friendly and ready to lend a hand if necessary. Jarbidge is scenic, historic and rustic.




Map sourced from the W.M. Keck Earth Sciences and Mining Research Information Center
From the above website, you can download any of the topo maps that you need.

Though not necessarily a 4x4 trail to get to Jarbidge, this route and others nearby will take the traveler far off the beaten track, back into history and into some of the most beautiful country that Nevada has to offer.

This page will primarily focus on the route into Jarbidge from Elko, a likely point of entry for many readers. Also described will be the main road north of Jarbidge into Idaho, ending at Rogerson, Idaho and highway US93. And lastly the description of a couple of roads south of Jarbidge accessing the Jarbidge Wilderness and a few of the historic and scenic mining properties. Each section will be followed by photographs.


Part 1 – Two Roads to Jarbidge


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The quickest way into Jarbidge is to travel north of Elko on NV225, then east and north on Elko County routes 746 and 748. [If you are traveling in from northern points and accessing Jarbidge from Rogerson, Idaho, the description of this road is HERE] It is If you wish to maximize your dirt road experience, you can also reach Jarbidge by traveling north from the small ranch community of Deeth – located about 32 miles east of Elko on I-80 – and travel northward on Elko County road 747, which turns into Elko County 748 at its junction with Elko County 746. But first, a description of the route north from Elko.



Part 1a – Elko to Charleston Reservoir

Starting at the junction of Interstate 80 and NV225 (exit 301), drive north on paved 2-lane NV225 for 53.6 miles. The road will slowly meander and climb to 6,549 foot high Adobe Summit, cross over nondescript sagebrush rolling prairie, then access the scenic North Fork of the Humboldt River country to the turnoff to Jarbidge and the start of the dirt portion of this route.

At a point 22 miles north of Elko, historic Dinner Station is reached. This site was founded in the early 1870s as a stage stop and dinner house for the Tuscaurora and Mountain City stage lines. The original frame structure burned and was replaced by the current building in the 1880s. Dinner Station was also known as Weilands and Oldham's for former owners. The station fell out of use by the time that automobiles became fairly common; but has continued to be an occupied residence over the years and has been kept in excellent condition.

Traveling 4.1 miles north of Dinner Station, NV226 is reached. This route takes the traveler north and west into the lonely Owyhee River country.

About 12 miles north of the junction of NV226, the road will drop slightly into the North Fork of the Humboldt River country. The countryside becomes more scenic and interesting, as there is quite a bit of surface water and small sloughs to the east of the highway, as well as the topography becoming increasingly rugged. In about 11.5 miles the former community of North Fork is reached, now mostly comprised of a maintenance station of the Nevada Department of Transportation and a ranch with a large and scenic old barn next to the highway.

At a point four miles north of the Nevada DOT station at North Fork, you will arrive at the signed turnoff to Jarbidge.

Turning east, Elko County 746 will meander over hill and dale for 19¾ miles to Charleston Reservoir on the Bruneau River. This road is maintained by Elko County, but in wet weather may require caution and AWD or 4WD. The road holds no surprises in dry weather – with the exception of wildlife and cattle on the road – but I recommend being in no hurry. Sudden curves, big Ford Super Duty or Dodge Ram 4WD trucks with stock trailers driven by local ranchers; and cattle, deer or antelope can seemingly pop out of nowhere when you least expect it. And like most dirt roads, a measure of irritating washboard is always present.


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Nevada Highway 225 at the turnoff to Elko County 746 to Charleston, Bruneau River and Jarbidge.


Dinner Station, September, 2006.


Dinner Station, June, 2001.


Eastbound on Elko County 746.


Eastbound on Elko County 746.


A few meadows dot the rolling sagebrush badlands along Elko County 746.


Eastbound on Elko County 746.


The Jarbidge Mountains can barely be seen on a hazy day from an area burned in the summer of 2006, part of the huge wildfires that ravaged large tracts of northern Nevada.


Charleston Reservoir at the junction of Elko County 746 and Elko County 747. This portion has also been burned in the summer of 2006.


Junction of Elko County roads 746 and 747 in June, 2001.

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Dinner Station on NV225 north of Elko on a stormy day.


At the junction of NV225 and Elko County 746. View west into the Independence Mountains, which are hidden in a heavy thunderstorm.


Eastbound on Elko County 746.


Eastbound on Elko County 746.

 



Part 1b – Deeth to Charleston Reservoir

If you wish to maximize your dirt road experience, I'd recommend traveling into Jarbidge via the small farming community of Deeth. It is the type of road that can bore you silly and scare the dickens out of you simultaneously!

To reach Deeth from Elko, travel eastward to Exit 333 – Deeth, about 32 miles east from the NV225 and I-80 interchange. If you are coming in from the east, Deeth is 19 miles west of Wells, Nevada.

Turning off of Exit 333, drive south about 0.8 tenths of a mile to a dirt road turning east (left) upon reaching the first set of railroad tracks. In 2001 there was a sign here indicating the community of Deeth. Drive along this road another 0.8 tenths of a mile to Elko County 747, signed for Charleston, and which runs north and under I-80. You'll pass by several apparently abandoned buildings left over from the old ranching community clustered along the railroad tracks.

The road at first starts off in relatively flat country, then progressively gets into more rugged and scenic topography as it continues north 42.4 miles to its junction with Elko County 746 at Charleston Reservoir. The road is a maintained road, but this is hardcore ranching country out here and the road often throws many surprises – both natural and man made.



Part 2 – Charleston Reservoir to Coon Creek Summit

NOTE: A line of lames within the massive Murphy Complex of fires in July, 2007 came south and impacted the Prunty Ranch and Copper Mountain sections. Whether they blackened the landscape within sight of the byway shown below the writer has not determined.




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At Charleston Reservoir, where Elko County 746 and 747 combine, turn north and become Elko County 748, the route heads due north into the looming mountains immediately ahead to top out at Coon Creek Summit (elevation 8,442'); squeezed between the Jarbidge Mountains and the adjoining Copper Mountains.


High peaks rule this country – Matterhorn (10,839'), Jarbidge Peak (10,789'), Prospect Peak (10,435') and God's Pocket (10,184') – all form the semi-circular Jarbidge Mountains.

Due to the altitude and the heavy snows that visit this part of Nevada, this route may not open before July 4th and could close temporarily due to a sudden snow squall by Labor Day. Keep an eye on the Weather Channel or call the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest ranger station in Elko before embarking. If it rains heavily, keep in mind that parts of the road surface over the two summits tends to turn to slick clay and vehicles can easily slide off the roadway on several slightly off camber sections. A search & rescue member told me that the only sure way he goes through this section in wet weather is to hook his tires into the ditch on the uphill side of the road while traversing the slick spots.

Otherwise, the road to Jarbidge seems to get a bit better on this section, the spectacular countryside that you will be passing through will certainly take your attention from dirt road misery to captivation.

The road meanders through wet meadows and the land holdings of the J.M. Prunty, P.R. Prunty and B. Prunty ranches, as well as the H. Shively Ranch. These are real working ranches. Real cowboys work the cows with real horses, not ATVs.

About six miles north of the junction of Elko County 746 and 747, the ghost town of Charleston is reached. Charleston started life as Mardis in 1876, quickly gaining the necessary saloons, stores a hotel and school. The town's economy was based upon some mines a few miles north in the Copper Mountains. A humorous bit of history is that of co-founder George Washington Mardis, who was a Bible thumping teamster who shouted out Old Testament quotations to his burro “Samson.” Mardis often carried gold to Elko and it was on one of his trips that he was slain by a six-toed Chinese man. A vigilante group found the slayer by his peculiar track and strung him up after a speedy trial. Mining dropped off dramatically by the mid-1880s and Charleston slumbered until the Jarbidge boom. The town regained a school, store, saloon and post office, but the camp remained small. A short Depression era revival occurred but the town has declined and is now part of the Prunty ranch holdings.

Just north of Charleston, the road forks and is signed for Bruneau River to the left and Jarbidge to the right. A bit more than 1.6 miles further, the road passes the sign indicating that you are now in the lands of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Just before hitting the sign, hidden in the willows and on the opposite bank of Seventy-Six Creek are the remains of an abandoned resort of apparent 1970s era.

Climbing up the course of Seventy-Six Creek, the Slatery and Prunty Mines can be seen nearby. Aspen trees at first dot the landscape, then often encapsulate the road as it climbs toward its goal of Coon Creek Summit. The road leaves the course of Seventy-Six Creek and skirts Copper Basin, as the road climbs the opportunities for Technicolor panoramas become endless.

Aspens soon become mixed with heavy forests of conifers, fir and spruce trees – no piñon pine trees are found in this section of Nevada – and the scenery becomes more akin to vistas of the Rocky Mountain states.

Looking down the slopes below the road you'll find several small lakes and snowmelt ponds. Beaver often can be seen working these ponds, busily building and maintaining their dams. Dramatic red cliff outcroppings dominate the scene just above the road. Many roads take off and run short distances away to nearby hilltops, mountaintops or other points of interest.

At a point 10.7 miles since entering the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, 8,442 foot high Coon Creek Summit is reached.


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Northward along Elko County 748 and the Bruneau River.


Cattle graze on the lush meadows along the Bruneau River on one of the Prunty holdings.


Horses graze on meadowland on one of the Prunty holdings.


Northbound on Elko County 748 with the hazy Jarbidge Mountains ahead.


Charleston, June 2001.


Charleston, September, 2006.


Charleston, September, 2006.


Charleston, September, 2006.


Charleston, September, 2006.


About six miles north of the junction of Elko County 746 and 747, there is a signed fork for roads to Jarbidge and the Bruneau River country.


Beginning of the ascent in the canyon of Seventy-Six Creek near the Prunty and Slattery mines.


Horses near the Slattery Mine.


Northbound on Elko County 748, which often goes through aspen thickets.


Northbound on Elko County 748.


Northbound on Elko County 748, June 2001.


Elko County 748, June 2001.


Near Coon Creek Summit, June 2001. Note hole in the rock in background.


Closing in on Coon Creek Summit.


June, 2001.


Nearing Coon Creek Summit, there are several small snowmelt ponds below the road to the west. June, 2001.


Same pond, September, 2006.


June, 2001.


Coon Creek Summit, viewing east. September, 2006.


Coon Creek Summit, June, 2001.


Coon Creek Summit.


Coon Creek Summit, viewing northwest along one of the inviting 4x4 roads that scatter from this location.

 

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Northbound on Elko County 748 south of the Prunty Ranch. Copper Mountain and the Jarbidge Range ahead.


Charleston.


Some of the wildlife you may encounter on the road to Jarbidge may be small: an infestation of Mormon crickets along the road just north of Charleston.


Or the wildlife might be a bit bigger: an ewe and her lamb along the banks of Seventy-Six Creek.


Copper Basin and the Jarbidge Range.


Climbing out of Copper Basin toward Coon Creek Summit.


Climbing out of Copper Basin toward Coon Creek Summit.


View south across Copper Basin and the small lake below the road as one approaches Coon Creek Summit.


A crossover SUV, such as a Honda CR-V, can easily tackle the road into Jarbidge during dry weather.


Coon Creek Summit, view northeast.


Panorama of Copper Basin and the Jarbidge Range. Coon Creek Summit is just right of center, above the light colored strata.


Part 3 – Coon Creek Summit to Bear Creek Summit


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This section is only 2.7 miles long, but packs an overload to the senses in the way of majestic beauty. The main road dips a bit between the two sections, then climbs up to 8,488 foot high Bear Creek Summit.


The forest thickens along here, with blips of mountain views here and there. At Bear Creek Summit, a short road climbs west about 500-600 feet to a knoll and affords a superb panorama. Other roads wander here and there to nearby points.

Be careful of wildlife: deer, marmots and badgers often appear out of nowhere in front of you as they come up from below the road and make a mad dash for the other side.


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Northbound from Coon Creek Summit.


A nice spot for a cup of tea. Looking northward toward Bear Creek Summit.


Looking west toward the Bruneau River Country.


Looking south to Coon Creek Summit.


At a lookout off the road at Bear Creek Summit, looking south to Coon Creek Summit.


Same location. June, 2001.


Bear Creek Summit. June, 2001.


Looking east into the Jarbidge River country. June, 2001.


A panorama at Bear Creek Summit, looking south to Coon Creek Summit.

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Between Coon and Bear Creek Summits.


View northwest from a point approaching Bear Creek Summit. Smoke ascending from the newly started Rowland Fire – started by lightning only a couple hours before – can be seen over the mountains.


Panorama looking from due south to northwest at Bear Creek Summit. Smoke is from the Rowland Fire (part of the massive Murphy Complex wildfire) of July, 2007, which caused the evacuation of Jarbidge later that night.


Looking slightly south of east into the heart of the Jarbidge Range from a road running north from Bear Creek Summit.


View due west from a road running north from Bear Creek Summit, into the Bruneau River country.


View due south from a road running north from Bear Creek Summit, looking to Coon Creek Summit.


Part 4 – Bear Creek Summit to Jarbidge


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After reaching Bear Creek Summit, the road plunges into the canyon of the Jarbidge River. This river is unique in that it is one of the few perpetual Nevada streams that reach the sea – the Jarbidge runs into the Snake River, thence the Columbia River and into the Pacific Ocean.


The vistas of the northern face of the peaks of the Jarbidge Mountains are dramatic, but keep your eyes on the road as much as possible ... it's a long drop to the canyon bottom! The route is densely forested along the upper third, but descends steeply through mountain mahogany until hitting the canyon bottom forested with evergreens and deciduous trees.

In 4¼ miles the road comes to a T-intersection with signs indicating that Jarbidge is three miles to the left (north) and Pine Creek Campground is ¾ of a mile to the right. We'll come back to the road up to Pine Creek Campground and beyond later.

Turn left and downhill to Jarbidge, following the bottom of the narrow chasm of the canyon – the road wedged between one side of the Jarbidge River or the other and the canyon wall. Even though the sign indicates that it is three miles to Jarbidge, you'll hit the upper buildings in town in less than two miles. In the summer of 2006 new bridges were installed on the Jarbidge River crossings.

There are some mining ruins and mine adits a mile or so above Jarbidge, which are part of the ghost town of Pavlak, a suburb of Jarbidge of sort.


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Dropping off of Bear Creek Summit into the Jarbidge River canyon.


Autumn colors running down the canyon wall, September, 2006.


Looking southward up the Jarbidge River canyon. June, 2001.


Same view, September, 2006.


June, 2001.


At this junction upon reaching the floor of the canyon, turn left toward Jarbidge. June, 2001.


Same junction, September, 2006.


Mining ruins at the area known as Pavlac.


Pavlac.


Northbound along the Jarbidge River.


A new bridge on one of the crossings of the Jarbidge River.


Usually you see these signs pointing downward ...

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The start of the descent into Jarbidge River Canyon from Bear Creek Summit. View east into the northern Jarbidge Mountains.


Continuing downward into Jarbidge River Canyon from Bear Creek Summit.


Passing through Bear Creek Meadow, headwaters of Bear Creek. This creek bisects Jarbidge and also serves as the town's source of water.


Looking northward down along the canyon of the Jarbidge River. Smoke from the Murphy Complex wildfire of July, 2007 can be seen northward. Some of the upper mines directly above the town of Jarbidge can also be seen on the opposite canyon wall.


A close-up of the previous photo, showing some of the roads zigzagging up the mountainside. The smoke from the Murphy Complex fire can be seen in more detail in this photo. Later that night, Jarbidge was evacuated due to advancing flames.


Dropping down into the canyon of the Jarbidge River. View is a bit east of south, into the heart of the Jarbidge Wilderness.


Zooming in from a point near that in the last photo, the mill ruins of the Rex Mine mill can be seen.


This photo, taken at the site of the Rex Mine millsite, shows the road coming down from Bear Creek Summit into the canyon of the Jarbidge River.


The Jarbidge River, at a point about ¾ of a mile above Jarbidge.


Entering Jarbidge. Things haven't changed much in this scene since
2001 or 2006.


Part 5 – The Town of Jarbidge

On this page, a lengthy account of Jarbidge's history won't be related. Instead, this writer would recommend “NEVADA GHOST TOWNS AND MINING CAMPS,” by Stanley Paher; as well as “A PLACE CALLED JARBIDGE,” by Donald E. Mathias and Valerie S. Berry. But a thumbnail sketch of the history of the town is presented.

As Nevada mining towns go, Jarbidge was a late-comer. It wasn't until October, 1909 that gold was found in the region, a year after many Nevada boomtowns went sour due to the Panic of 1907, when capital forthcoming to finance Nevada mining went instead to rebuilding San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake.

By early spring of 1910 Jarbidge started growing swiftly even though the region was thoroughly buried in deep snows, partly fueled by embellished newspaper accounts and rumors. By May, many started leaving Jarbidge en masse. Those who stuck it out until the snow melted did indeed find gold bearing ledges and Jarbidge started building. Jarbidge continued with a seasonal boom/bust cycle until 1918 until the Elkoro Mining Company bought up principal claims and year round production ensued until the Depression.

Jarbidge does have a first and last in its history – the last stagecoach robbery with resulting murder of the stage driver lead to the first use of palm and fingerprints in forensic science to catch and convict the killer. In December, 1916, the Idaho stage was held up by a gunman who killed the stage driver and made off with the mail and $3,000 in cash. He propped up the dead man's body in the seat, smearing his hands with the blood of his victim while doing so. The murderer then washed his hands in the river, then went about the task of opening mail, carelessly scattering the envelopes. He was soon caught and later convicted, based upon his fingerprints and palm prints left upon the envelopes.


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Historic photos of Jarbidge townsite.


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The first post office in Jarbidge.


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The Jarbidge Commercial Club, which is now the
Jarbidge Community Hall, located across the street from the Outdoor Inn.


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In the 1960s, a Carson City artist Thelma Calhoun restored the stage curtain in the Jarbidge town hall, which was originally the Commercial Club.


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The Ja-ha-bich Grill in Jarbidge. The spelling of the grill was how the native peoples called the legendary man eating giants that roamed the Jarbidge country, the Anglicized pronunciation and spelling lead to the town's name of Jarbidge.


HOW JARBIDGE GOT ITS NAME:
“One reason for the late development or discovery of Jarbidge might be linked with the Indian legend of Tsaw-Haw-Bitts. The Indians believed that he was a giant who lived in the canyon. Periodically he would roam around capturing people, put them in a basket, then carry them back to the canyon and eat them. There is evidence that Indians lived in the surrounding area, but not in Jarbidge Canyon. Tsaw-Haw-Bitts (tuh saw haw bits) was changed to Jahabich (jah hah bitch) by th ewhite man, then to Jarbidge. Even today, many people mispronounce it Jarbridge.”


“The bottle house in Jarbidge. Irene Murphy was the small girl wearing a light coat.”


“First school in Jarbidge.”


“Post card cartoon of sleeping conditions and rates in Jarbidge in 1910. Artist unknown. Floor space went for $1, bed at $7.50, shelf and top of cabinet for $2, box or crib at $3, bathtub was $6 and pool table space went for $5. A time limit of six hours was noted on the wall.”


“July Fourth (1915) party at the Commercial Club. The people worked hard and played hard in the remote mining camp. On festive occasions, miners frequently brought gold samples down to town and 'salted' the river. Ladies in the camp were invited to pan for gold and allowed to keep what they found.”


“Jarbidge before the big fire in 1919.”


“Jarbidge's Main Street, 1916.”


“Jarbidge in 1915.”


“Freight rates were exorbitant until a freight road was graded and built from Idaho. At one time, parcel post rates were much lower than those of the freight companies and frugal Jarbidgers had several tons of coal, grain and flour mailed until the post office threw in the towel.”


“Independence Day in Jarbidge around 1915. Note the women mostly gathered on the hotel porch while the men congregated in front of the saloons to watch the horse race.”


“Winters were (and still are) long and hard in Jarbidge. The winter of 1917 was a bad one and the town went without fresh supplies for a couple of months before relief arrived from Twin Falls, Idaho.”


“November, 1919. The day after the big fire thought to have been caused by an explosion of bootleg whiskey in the Success Bar sellar; when it blew, so did the open gas lamps around town. Winds spread burning tar paper to other establishments and several log cabins.”


“Freight rates were sky-high before the road to Idaho was built. Several pack trains arrived daily, bringing building materials, mining equipment and living essentials for the people. On one trip, an 800-pound cooking stove was carried in on a stretcher, one end carried by a horse, the other by a mule.”


“1923. Jarbidge-Rogerson Stage. Jake Dodd. Fank Newcombe.”


“Philip Louis Fiskler standing far right, co-owner Arcade Saloon in Jarbidge, Nevada. Later moved to Salt Lake City, Ut.”


“When news of the strike made headlines, people began coming to the little camp at the rate of thirty to forty a day until about fifteen hundred gold seekers were roaming the nearby hills searching for an illusive dream of riches for the taking. Some predicted a population of 10,000 within a few months and there was talk of forming a new ccounty. Alas! When the miners saw for themselves the great exaggeration about the strike, enthusiam [sic] dwindled and so did the population ... down to 300 people.”

 



Today, Jarbidge is a remote and isolated village. Not a stitch of pavement is to be found in or around the community. (Note: Now there are several “stitches” of pavement in and around the town – 15-20 foot long access ramps on all newly built bridges over the Jarbidge River north and south of town are of pavement). The town is made up of an eclectic yet cohesive assortment of new and old structures. Few are found from Jarbidge's earliest days, as a major fire visited town early on in its infancy and nearly destroyed it. But there are many from the Elkoro period of the town's life and a smattering of newer mobile homes, modular homes – these covered by huge snow roofs or snow sheds – as well as some new log homes.

There are some services in Jarbidge. The Outdoor Inn serves food, drink (both soft and hard), music, billiards, a couple of slot machines, laughter and friendship. Associated with and owned by the owners of the Outdoor Inn, there is the Red Dog Saloon across the street. Operations move between the two – the Outdoor Inn operates in the summer, then when the snow flies operations move to the smaller (thus easier and cheaper to heat) Red Dog Saloon in the winter. Food prices are very reasonable, the food excellent and presented with friendly service (Note: Food prices at the Outdoor Inn were identical in July, 2007 as they were in September, 2006). There is a laundromat at the Outdoor Inn and a small motel and RV park annexed to it. In September of 2006, rooms were $60 nightly and $70 nightly with a kitchenette. Dogs are welcome with a $10 one time charge. The phone number for the Outdoor Inn is (775) 488-2311. It is through this exchange that you will likely be able to locate the phone number of any Jarbidge resident or business, as well as information about Jarbidge in general. Major credit and debit cards accepted. A brochure of the Outdoor Inn is HERE. Dial-up users, beware, the file size is over 3 megabytes.

Across the street from the Outdoor Inn is a small gift shop open in summer. It is owned and operated by the postmistress of Jarbidge, who makes her own jewelry during Jarbidge's long and hard winters. In addition to jewelry, the gift shop has some apparel, hats and caps, books, as well as other knick-knacks.

Up the street is the Sinclair gas station, which was closed down during this writer's first visit in 2001. In August of 2006, the postmistress and gift shop owner purchased the station and it is open during the daytime hours and open on call at other times (there is a phone mounted to the front wall to call the owner if she or her attendant doesn't come out to greet you). The two pumps dispense unleaded regular and diesel. In September of 2006, both diesel and gasoline were $3.84 per gallon (Note: In July, 2007, gas was $3.34 for regular unleaded gasoline, $3.28 for diesel – a good estimate of fuel prices in Jarbidge as gas prices rise and fall will be about 20¢ per gallon higher than those in Elko). Credit and debit cards are accepted.

There is a tiny store in the lower end of Jarbidge, housed in the front portion of a home. Basic sundries are found at very reasonable prices, considering that the store's owner has to make trips to Twin Falls, Idaho or Elko, Nevada – each at or well over 100 miles away, to stock his store.

Additional lodging is found at the Tsawhawbitts Bed & Breakfast (named after an Indian legend of man-eating giant – pronounced “Ja-ha-bich” and thus the linguistic corruption “Jarbidge” as the town's name), a nice looking establishment located at the northern end of town. A short distance further north is The Barn Hotel, which is operated by the same people who own the Outdoor Inn. If you don't mind bathrooms and showers at the end of the hall, this is your place. Rooms at The Barn run $35 per night, with a $10 one-time charge for dogs. (Note: Prices for The Barn were still the same in July 2007.)

Jarbidge has a small post office, which is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday; noon to 4:00 PM.

There is a volunteer fire department in town, many members also are part of the local search & rescue. There is an EMT in town, who is often seen buzzing about town on his official Elko County 4-wheel ATV, complete with light bar and Motorolla 2-way radio. A deputy sheriff resides in town, his official Jeep Cherokee parked in front of his home in plain sight.

There is a town hall located across the street from the Outdoor Inn, which was the lively Commercial Club saloon/dance hall/theater during the early days of Jarbidge's history. If it is unlocked or open (inquire at the Inn if not), a visit inside is a treat. There are displays and photo boards with photographs of Jarbidge's early days; the stage has the original painted curtain with ads of Jarbidge's early businesses.

Jarbidge's historic jail is still standing, next to the town's tiny store. The criminal who committed the 1916 stagecoach robbery and murder was incarcerated in one of the cells until convicted and transferred to the Nevada State Penitentiary at Carson City. The jail is intact and complete with two cells. The writer has stood inside the cell with the heavy iron door shut. Amenities for the 1916 jailbird were sparse – a wash basin, chair, cot and “honey pot.” The jail doors are made up of heavy iron strapping, which allows little visibility out or in. There is a historical plaque on the front of the jail that reads:

“Jarbidge Jail. Built after the town was removed from the U.S. Forest by a 1911 Presidential proclamation it replaced the constable’s home or Forest Service cabin to restrain rowdy miners and hold suspects for arrival of a sheriff deputy. A colorful story tells of a burly miner frequently using the bunk to raise the roof to slip out and return to the saloon, climbing back in his cell before morning. Most noted prisoner was Ben Kuhl, who robbed the Rogerson-Jarbidge stage in December 1916, killing Fred Searcy the driver, the last mail stagecoach robbery in the U.S. and the first conviction based on a bloody palm print. It was last used about 1945. Dedicated June 13, 1998 by Lucinda Jane Saunders. Chapter 1881 E. Clampus Vitus.”

The town's population runs 50 or so in summer, dropping to a dozen or so in winter. Four-wheel ATVs seem to be the transportation of choice by locals and visitors alike in summer, snowmobiles rule the local streets in winter. In hunting season, the town's population does increase with hunters – many who have been coming to Jarbidge for years and are known by their first names by the town's residents.

Jarbidge is isolated further in winter, when only the road north to Rogerson, Idaho (63 miles) is open and plowed of snow.


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Entering Jarbidge from the south.


South end of Jarbidge. June 2001.


The Outdoor Inn. June 2001.


The Outdoor Inn. September 2006.


The Outdoor Inn.


The Outdoor Inn. Surrounded by the the popular vehicle of choice in summertime.


Breakfast at the Outdoor Inn. Even though Jarbidge is a remote outpost, this sausage-egg-hashbrown-toast breakfast was cheaper than in larger city restaurants and casinos.


The Jarbidge Store, June 2001.


The Jarbidge Store, September 2006.


Jarbidge Jail.


Inside the Jarbidge Jail. June 2001.


A taste of historic jailbird life inside the Jarbidge Jail. June, 2001.


Jarbidge Jail, June 2001.


The Barn Hotel.


Sinclair gas station. June, 2001. At this time, the station was closed down and not offering gas to the public.


Sinclair gas station, September 2006, open for business.
Note: The gas station was still open for business in July, 2007. Expect gas prices to be about 20¢ higher than Wells and Elko.


An old building across from the Outdoor Inn. June, 2001.


The same building in September, 2006, now a gift shop.


The Jarbidge Community Hall, formerly the
Jarbidge Commercial Club.


Inside the old Jarbidge Commercial Club, now the community hall.


The curtain inside the community hall, with original advertising for Jarbidge's original businesses.


The Jarbidge Community Hall as viewed from the porch of the Outdoor Inn.


Main street of Jarbidge, looking south. June, 2001.


June, 2001.


June, 2001.


June, 2001.


June, 2001.


Some of the old cars of Jarbidge, owned by residents. They really fit the ambiance of Jarbidge. June, 2001. The vehicles are parked in front of a building that is no longer there.


June, 2001. This building was located directly across the street from the Outdoor Inn and next to the Jarbidge Community Hall (next building in background), but is now no longer there. This building was removed because of its instability and the need to make room for a larger building for the volunteer fire department.


September, 2006.


June, 2001.


A structure on one of Jarbidge's few side streets. June, 2001.


June, 2001.


June, 2001.


June, 2001.


June, 2001.


June, 2001.


June, 2001. The house on the left was for sale in September, 2006 and the one on the right was undergoing remodeling.


June, 2001.


Entire row: June, 2001.


Entire row: June, 2001.


Entire row: June, 2001.


Entire row: June, 2001.


June, 2001.


June, 2001.


June, 2001.


September, 2006.


This park was installed sometime after June, 2001.


The Red Dog Saloon, September, 2006.


September, 2006.


Bear Creek Gift Shop on the lower end of town. September 2006.


This fine home was not here in 2001.


Bear Creek Gift Shop.


Jarbidge's EMT riding on his official ATV, visiting with one of the local residents, September, 2006.


June, 2001.


Same house, September, 2006.


June, 2001.


Same house, September, 2006.


This building is reputed to be one of Jarbidge's early brothels. June, 2001.


The same building in September, 2006. Currently undergoing restoration.


June, 2001.


Business card of the Outdoor Inn.

New Photos of July 2007


The Outdoor Inn.


The Barn Hotel.


The Tsawhawbitts Bed & Breakfast at the north end of town.


Several modern and luxurious homes are found in Jarbidge.


The Outdoor Inn.


Breakfast 2007. Looks and tastes much like it did in 2006, with the same prices to boot.


Jarbidge Community Hall ex-Commercial Club.


The historic stage curtain of the Jarbidge Community Hall ex-Commercial Club.


Street life in Jarbidge often involves neighbors, who zip around town on ATVs, parking in the street to discuss the day's news.


The Jarbidge Community Hall ex-Commercial Club.


View north from the Outdoor Inn.


The Red Dog Saloon, which is closed in summer, but open in winter when operations of the Outdoor Inn transfer to this smaller and easier to heat building.


The Sinclair gas station, prices were about 20¢ higher than at Elko. The station hasn't changed at all, compare the station as it was in
2001 (when the station was out of business) and 2006.


The Jarbidge post office. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


An old log building, possibly an old business establishment in Jarbidge. This building was for sale on this day. Compare with the photo taken in
2001.


One of Jarbidge's colorful old dwellings. Several dwellings, such as this one, was originally a smaller home, but a larger unit annexed onto it at some point in the days since the original was built. The property had been trimmed back quite a bit compared to this same building in
2001.


One of the older homes in Jarbidge, though not from its earliest days. Compare this scene with what it looked like in
2001.


A new modular, which was in the process of being set up. It will take a few decades before it's quasi-log home exterior ages like the original log homes in Jarbidge.


An old garage. It hasn't changed a bit since
2001.


A couple of Jarbidge's older homes. It looks much the same as it did in
2001.


Another of Jarbidge's log homes. The tree on the corner has grown considerably since
2001.


The garage that houses a restored 1929 Dodge Elko County Sheriff car is as colorful as the car itself.


A neat dwelling along the main street.


A colorful and rustic yard ornament.


The Jarbidge schoolhouse. Boarded up currently as there are no school age children in Jarbidge.


A piece of mining equipment decorates this old structure. The property has been rearranged a bit since
2001.


One of Jarbidge's old business establishments. Looks much the same as it did in
2001.


This squat home seems to be aging rapidly and appears neglected. Compare with the photo taken in
2001 above.


Looking down one of Jarbidge's few side streets.


Looking up the same side street.


A recent and luxurious log home on one of Jarbidge's few side streets that was built since 2001.


Along one of Jarbidge's side streets.


Along one of Jarbidge's side streets.


The Jarbidge Store has changed little over the years since
2001.


The Jarbidge Jail.


One of the cells in the Jarbidge jail building, the same cell shown here in
2001.


Walking along the main road through Jarbidge, a relaxing pastime.


A wood works studio, presently not open for business.


The Outdoor Inn.


Part 6 – Up the Jarbidge River: Pine Creek Campground and to the Boundary of the Jarbidge Wilderness


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Returning to our junction of Elko 748 where it turns up the west canyon wall to Bear Creek Summit, another road continues up the Jarbidge River signed for the Pine Creek Campground; reaching it in about ¾ of a mile.


This road was notorious for a time in the summer of 2000, when a group of people resisted the United States government's intervention as the Forest Service attempted to close down this road and include it in the Jarbidge Wilderness. The government relented to the demands of the people, but left the matter for the courts to decide who was right or wrong. In 2006, a decision was finally made and the road remains open to the people to the boundary of the Jarbidge Wilderness near Snowslide Gulch.

The road to the Pine Creek Campground is maintained, but not to the standards of the main road into Jarbidge. A base of rock topped with local clay-like dirt makes up the road and for the most part is easy to travel with most any vehicle. In September of 2006 I did find one spot where it appeared that a 50-yard long section of the road was washed out by the Jarbidge River and filled in hastily, which may require a bit of care to cross with a standard automobile.

There are several apparent campsites along the Jarbidge River below the Pine Creek Campground. A couple of them have tables.

The Pine Creek Campground has several spaces, a bulletin board and a clean and stocked vault toilet. There are no fees required to stay at the campground at the time of writing of this page (2006, field checked 2007). Each spot has a table and a metal fire ring. There is running water in season – an Iowa type hose faucet pokes out of the ground near the toilet.

The road continues above the Pine Creek Campground about a bit more than mile to the vicinity of Snowslide Gulch. There is a cautionary sign indicating that the road beyond is for high clearance four-wheel-drive only and it is truly so, but not extreme. The road starts off seemingly fine, but then gets rocky. The trail crosses the Jarbidge River several times, each crossing marked by submerged large rocks. The river generally runs along a small portion of its bed in summer and tends to be shallow. The last half mile of the road is anti-climactic due to the fact that the road becomes very good and smooth. Overall I'd rate this road moderate. A truck based SUV should have no difficulty taking this short and scenic spur.

The road effectively ends at a sign at the side of the road that indicates that it is the “END OF ROAD – NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES BEYOND THIS POINT.” The road continues on and appears at first unblocked, but if you peer down the road a ways you will see several very large boulders placed across the path. The road used to go another two miles further to the site of the Perkins Cabin, where a foot trail climbed up the spine of the Jarbidge Mountains and crossed over into the Mary's River watershed.


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Southbound up the canyon of the Jarbidge River.


The Pine Creek Campground, September, 2006. Note light dusting of snow on vegetation.


The Pine Creek Campground, September, 2006. Note the light covering of snow.


Pine Creek Campground. June, 2001.


Pine Creek Campground. September, 2006.


Pine Creek Campground on a snowy September morn. September, 2006.


Jarbidge River at the Pine Creek Campground. June, 2001.


Jarbidge River at Pine Creek Campground, September, 2006.


Beginning of the 4x4 road at Pine Creek Campground.


One of the crossings of the Jarbidge River.


A couple of the creek crossings are pretty rocky.


End of the road. Though it looks inviting, a line of large boulders are placed across the road a hundred yards or so further.

 


Part 7 – Road to the Bluster and other Mines


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The road to the Bluster Mine and others is a very scenic road that wends its way up the east wall of the canyon of the Jarbidge River and affords superb views of the high mountain country of the main block of the Jarbidge Mountains. Ruins of Jarbidge's early mining period abound here, making for scenic photography.


The road takes off the east side of the roadway along the Jarbidge River about a third of a mile below the Pine Creek Campground or a quarter mile above the junction with the main road to Bear Creek Summit.

When the writer first attempted to take this road in 2001, at a point about two miles up the trail, the trail had sloughed off, leaving little room for error for my truck to safely navigate across. I made a feeble attempt to cross it, but chickened out and parked the truck a few yards back at the apex of the switchback.

At the time, the writer and friend walked up another mile or so to the main adits of the Bluster Mine. The views were breath taking and we found remnants of several log cabins, mining equipment, ore cart trackage and a tramway running down to the workings near the bottom of the canyon. The road continued to climb the face of the canyon, but we did not venture further.

In 2006, the writer found that this road had been recently bladed with a bulldozer. Wondering what was going to to be found at the point where the road had sloughed off, it was found that indeed a nice path had been bulldozed through the sloughed off portion, but at the point where the road began to cross it, a sturdy gate had been put in place – and with an equally sturdy padlock.

The gate was a stand alone unit and not part of a fence network, no means to stop foot traffic was put in place (the gate was easily walked around). There were no signs on the gate or in the vicinity warning one from entering, so it was not known what if any restrictions or legalities there are on exploring on foot beyond the gate. An inquiry at the Outdoor Inn might provide an answer. It was found from locals that a mining company was in the process of doing exploratory work at the Bluster and other area mines.

Note: In July, 2007, a mining company was still working many of the old mines in the region and several dozen employees were staying in Jarbidge. It is presumed that this road is still closed to the public at the gate. There were no signs at the bottom and junction with the main road indicating closure above.

Though it is not implied or recommend that one can go into the area beyond the gate, if so, caution is given regarding moving and operating equipment and mine hazards. And possible consequences for trespassing.

At any rate, even with the gate, the mile or so of road up to it affords beautiful views anywhere you wish to look. On the lowest level of the road, just before the road switchbacks from its trend southward back to north, be on the lookout for the picturesque ruins of a milling facility to the right of the road, half hidden in the mountain mahogany. Just before the gate, at the apex of the switchback, there is ample room to park several vehicles and the view here is superb.

Note: In July, 2007, the road to the millsite was taken with a Honda CR-V, which did require a bit of care and resulted in an impact on the undercarriage with a large rock that one of the front wheels levered upwards. Caution is advised if one takes a crossover type SUV up this road.


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Soon after turning up the road to the Bluster Mine, this picturesque ruin clinging to the steep hillside is encountered; partially hidden in the thick mountain mahogany.


Descending the Bluster Mine road. September 2006.


Ascending the Bluster Mine road, June, 2001.


An early dusting of snow brightens up this picturesque scene.


At the apex of the curve at the gate. At the time this photo was taken in 2001, there was no gate, but the road had sloughed off to the point it was quite scary to cross.


In September, 2006, a new gate was found erected across the road.


The view southwest at the gate.


June, 2001.


Picturesque log ruins below the Bluster Mine. June, 2001.


An adit at or near the Bluster Mine. June, 2001.


A peek inside the mine adit. June, 2001.


A boiler for a steam engine or for powering steam powered equipment. June, 2001.


A few tram towers can still be found from the mines high up the mountainside, bound for the old mill shown in the first photos. June, 2001.


June 2001. Taken just above the Bluster Mine.

New Photos of July 2007


All Photos: Picturesque ruins of the millsite of the Rex Mine.


Millsite ruins.


View southerly from the millsite.


Part 8 – Exiting Jarbidge to the North: Jarbidge to Rogerson, Idaho


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North from Jarbidge the roadway continues down the Jarbidge River and into Idaho. Dense forests are slowly replaced by spires of stone – giants that appear humanoid and no doubt spurred on the imaginations of the early peoples here, who came up with legends of man eating beasts that guarded these regions. This byway is a pleasant outing if you are staying in Jarbidge and are exploring the region. Or it is an alternative path to exit Jarbidge after your stay. And it is also a way to access Jarbidge if you are traveling to the region from northern points.


This road north is the only reliable route into or out of Jarbidge during inclement weather and the only regularly maintained route in winter.

NOTE: During the summer of 2007, road crews from the National Forest Service were extensively rebuilding the road north from Jarbidge to the Idaho state line, much as they did the road south from Jarbidge during the summer of 2006.

About a mile north of Jarbidge, an unmarked road turns left (west), crosses the river then climbs the slope to a small flat where the town's cemetery is located. On a visit in 2006, a bulletin board was found with a list compiled by the Smithsonian of all known graves in the cemetery during its study. Most of the oldest graves are in the rear (western) side of the cemetery, and several newer graves are along the eastern (front) fence. There are many unmarked graves.

North of the cemetery is the town dump, a large transfer bin.

Continuing north, the road descends gradually along the Jarbidge River and soon exits the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Though outside the national forest, conifers and other deciduous trees fill the canyon, though gradually lessening as you travel northward. Soon the canyon is filled with stone spires that spawned Indian legends of Tsawhawbitts – the man eating giant who reportedly caught human prey unawares, stuffed them in large knapsacks on their backs, then took them to their mountaintop lairs to dine on them. Many of the stone spires take on a human appearance and it's easy to appreciate the native Indian viewpoint of these giants.

It is about 8.6 miles from the Outdoor Inn to the Idaho border, marked by easy to miss plastic strips sticking up on both sides of the roadway. By the time Idaho is entered, you encounter more sagebrush and deciduous trees than forests and the route is entering sagebrush steppe country.

In a bit less than a mile, a road takes off to the left (west) and re-enters Nevada. This route runs through the Diamond A Ranch country and one can eventually end up at Wildhorse Reservoir on NV225.

It is 4.1 miles from the Idaho/Nevada border to the Forks of the Jarbidge River (and about 13 miles north of Jarbidge), where the East Fork of the Jarbidge – which descends from the summit of 10,565 foot Marys River Peak (about seven miles southeast of Coon Creek Summit) – meets up with the main fork of the Jarbidge that you've been following. At the fork is a nice and shady BLM campground with vault toilet and tables. There are no roads continuing on down the Jarbidge River, although there is a road paralleling the canyon on the steppe above.

At the Forks of the Jarbidge River, the route turns southeast and continues another two miles along the East Fork of the Jarbidge River to the tiny community of Murphy Hot Springs (no services). Murphy Hot Springs is made up of a line of mobile homes and small frame dwellings crammed between the road, river and cliffs south of the river bank.

If one turns into the community of Murphy Hot Springs, access to a bridge crossing the river will allows one to drive a road climbing the opposite cliffs; that road will eventually take the traveler back to Jarbidge through the heavy forests and higher ground. The writer has not personally been this way, so cannot give any advise on hazards or features along the way.

From Murphy Hot Springs, the road starts to climb a grade out of the canyon of the East Fork of the Jarbidge River. In about two miles the road summits the canyon's side and suddenly the traveler reaches pavement. The road is called Three Creek Road from this point on most maps. As you top the summit, to the left (west) of the road is the airstrip for the region.

For some miles, the pavement remains narrow (about a lane and a half wide by most highway standards), with no shoulders. Sagebrush grows to the pavement's edge in most places. The pavement, though old, is in reasonably good shape with no pot holes. There are no lane markings. Passing through at night requires your eyes and mind to stay focused on your driving.

The paved road crosses the relatively featureless and sage covered steppe country of southern Idaho. After running relatively straight for seven miles, the road will start to meander and trend eastward; the pavement rising and falling into gullies and high ground between them. A ranch or two is passed along the way. The countryside around becomes more interesting with several small mountains in view.

Passing by one of those ranches along the side of the road, the pavement suddenly becomes newer, the roadway widens and becomes marked. Dirt shoulders appear along with these improvements. Reflectors, guardrails and increased signage also are found. Though still not a state highway, the road appears to be up to the standards of one from this point the remainder of the way to Rogerson.

About 31 miles after passing Murphy Hot Spring, the road will suddenly dip downward and meet with the Cedar Creek Reservoir.

In just less than ten miles further, after crossing through relatively gentle countryside, the road will suddenly drop down a dark basaltic cliff and cross the top of the narrow Salmon Falls Creek dam. The roadway is one lane wide with tall and wide concrete sides. On the left side of the dam, you are looking nearly 225 feet down to Salmon Falls Creek. On the right, the 12-mile long reservoir extends nearly to the Nevada state line. There are plenty of recreation sites along the narrow lake, with boat ramps and campgrounds. Parking near the dam, you will notice that the dam has some substantial water leaks along its sides – though built in 1910, it took 74 years for the water level to reach maximum capacity, mainly due to the amount of water leaking past the dam.

After crossing the dam, Three Creeks Road will circle 5,389 foot high Salmon Butte, then make a straight bee-line for Rogerson, about 7.5 miles away. Rogerson is mainly a small community of several homes, a few photographic old and abandoned buildings and a Sinclair gas station and mini-mart. Three Creeks Road T-bones into a street before coming to US93, this road being the old alignment of that highway. Turn right (south) and travel a quarter mile and you will reach US93 and the Sinclair gas station. It is about 65 miles from Jarbidge to Rogerson.

A turn left onto US93 (north) will take the traveler 30 miles to Twin Falls, Idaho; a medium sized city of about 30,000 people and situated on Interstate 84. A turn right (south) on US93 will take one 18 miles to Jackpot, Nevada; a small casino and resort town with three fairly large casinos. There are plenty of rooms between the casinos and motels. The writer has sampled and recommend the restaurant at Barton's US93 Club. There is a Chevron gas station as well, though the prices at Rogerson tend to be considerably lower each time the writer has traveled this route.

The highway continues south about 65 miles to Wells, Nevada (all services), on I-80 and you can return to Elko.

If reading this section first because travel dictates accessing Jarbidge from the north via Rogerson, the reader can continue the description of Jarbidge HERE.

The road to Rogerson from Jarbidge was highly impacted by the massive Murphy Complex of fires. This wildfire burned for over a week during the last half of July, 2007 and consumed nearly three-quarters of a million acres and covered over a thousand square miles. Jarbidge and Murphy Hot Spring communities were evacuated and electricity was cut off for over a week due to the main power lines being destroyed. The individual wildfires that made up the Murphy Complex charred a path straddling the Nevada-Idaho border between Mountain City, Nevada and Jackpot. The flames blackened most of the countryside between Murphy Hot Spring and Cedar Creek Reservoir on both sides of the road. Though devastated at this writing, in my experience, nature will soften the visual impact by next summer as winter rains and snow will sprout a thick carpet of grasses in the fire zone.


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View southward up the canyon of the Jarbidge River from the town's cemetery.


Jarbidge Cemetery.


The story board at the cemetery gate, with all information about those buried there.


View from the Jarbidge Cemetery.


Entire row: Jarbidge Cemetery. June, 2001.


Jarbidge Cemetery. June, 2001.


Jarbidge Cemetery. June, 2001.


Jarbidge Cemetery. June, 2001.


Northward along the Jarbidge River.


Entire row: Canyon of the Jarbidge River north of Jarbidge.


Entire row: Canyon of the Jarbidge River north of Jarbidge.


Entire row: Canyon of the Jarbidge River north of Jarbidge.


Entire row: Canyon of the Jarbidge River north of Jarbidge.


Canyon of the Jarbidge River north of Jarbidge.


The Idaho / Nevada border.


A rock points the way to Jarbidge from the junction with a road that heads southwest back into Nevada.


Canyon of the Jarbidge River in Idaho.


The Jarbidge River in Idaho.


The Forks of the Jarbidge River, near Murphy Hot Springs, Idaho.


My Toyota Tacoma at the Forks of the Jarbidge River.


Along the East Fork of the Jarbidge River between the forks and Murphy Hot Springs.


Looking south up the East Fork of the Jarbidge River at a point about a mile and change east of Murphy Hot Springs.


Looking west from the same point back down onto Murphy Hot Spring.


Driving through the community of Murphy Hot Spring.


Murphy Hot Spring.


The relatively featurless landscape for the first ten miles or so of pavement north of Murphy Hot Spring is shown here. The low clouds and gloom on this day doesn't help matters much ...


Progressing further north and east, the countryside gets more scenic and interesting. Snow dusts some of the higher ground in this scene, even though it is September.


The Three Creeks road meanders through hill and draw as it trends eastward toward Rogerson.


Dropping down into meadowlands adjacent to Cedar Creek Reservoir.


The leaky Salmon Creek Falls dam. The Three Creeks Road crosses the top of the dam.


Looking south from the top of the Salmon Creek Falls dam along the narrow reservoir behind it.


An interpretive sign about the Salmon Creek Falls dam and reservoir is found south of Rogerson on US93.


Entering Rogerson, Idaho. The Three Creeks Road T-bones just ahead into the old US93, necessitating a right turn to access current US93.


Southbound on US93 toward Jackpot, Nevada.


US93 as it enters Nevada with the casino and resort town of Jackpot peeking around the bend.


Entering downtown Jackpot.

New Photos of July, 2007


Jarbidge cemetery, view southward.


Jarbidge cemetery, view southeast.


Jarbidge cemetery, view northerly.


Jarbidge cemetery.


Jarbidge cemetery.


Jarbidge cemetery.


Jarbidge is a wonderful little town nestled in some gorgeous countryside. Though the writer hasn't returned to Jarbidge since the wildfires of 2007 (the writer and his family had to evacuate Jarbidge during the midst of the firestorm), it is imagined by now that the impact of the fires on the land are softening.

Maps

Jarbidge can be found on a variety of maps. A good road map is the Benchmark Nevada Atlas. Another map is the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest map of the area, which can be obtained by a stop by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest ranger station in Elko.

If you wish for a closer look at Jarbidge and the roads in and around, the 7.5 minute quadrangles to purchase are:

For Jarbidge town & vicinity:

  • Jarbidge South, Nevada

  • Jarbidge North, Nevada-Idaho

Jarbidge townsite is split between the above maps. The Jarbidge North, Nevada-Idaho quad shows the country and main road north from Jarbidge to just inside Idaho near the Forks of the Jarbidge River. The Jarbidge South, Nevada quad shows the country and main road south to well south of Coon Creek Summit.

For the road in from Nevada Highway 225 (from south to north):

  • Delaware Creek, Nevada

  • Wagon Springs, Nevada

  • Mount Ichabod, Nevada

  • Charleston Reservoir, Nevada

  • Annie Creek, Nevada

  • Mary's River Basin NW, Nevada

  • Jarbidge South, Nevada

  • Jarbidge North, Nevada-Idaho

For road north from Deeth (from north to south:

  • Charleston Reservoir

  • Stag Mountain, Nevada

  • Hank's Creek NE, Nevada

  • Hot Springs Creek, Nevada

  • Hank's Creek SW, Nevada

  • Twin Buttes, Nevada

  • Deeth, Nevada

Or, if you can find them, the 100,000:1 series topo maps covering the entire area are:

  • Elko, Nevada

  • Double Mountain, Nevada

  • Jarbidge Mountains, Nevada-Idaho

Books

A PLACE CALLED JARBIDGE,” by Donald E. Mathias and Valerie S. Berry. Available in Jarbidge and possibly online or at regional bookstores.


Date created: 2006

Page Revised: 08/24/2010