On my travel list is Dyer and the Fish Lake Valley in sparsely populated Esmeralda County. The last U.S. census listed less than a thousand souls in the entire county, the majority in Goldfield. Enough water exists in the Fish Lake Valley to support alfalfa farming. Limited services are available in Dyer, the only settlement in the valley. The nearest large town is Bishop, CA, seventy miles to the west
Nevada State Historical Marker No. 133 reads:
This valley was settled when the Palmetto Mining District was discovered in 1866. In the 1870’s the Griffing & Wyman’s, as well as the Pacific Borax Works, were extracting borax at Fish Lake.
The Carson and Columbus stage line ran northward to Aurora and Carson City, making connections with Log Springs in the Sylvania District and Lida. Several local ranches supplied food to the freight industry and mining communities
A post office was opened at Fish Lake Valley in 1881.
This marker commemorates the life and times of W.O. Harrell, known as “Harrell, the Irrepressible,” Citizen extraordinaire of Fish Lake Valley in the 1870’s.