Granite Creek Station: Site of Massacre and Memory


Granite Creek Station was one of several significant stopping places for emigrants, travelers, saddle trains, and stagecoaches passing through the Black Rock Desert region of Northern Nevada on their way to California in the mid-19th century. The site functioned as a campsite, trading post, ranch, stagecoach station, and military camp. As a site along the emigrant trail, it was the locus of extraordinary pain and suffering by travellers, described in their own words through diaries and letters. The site was also the location of several episodes of violence, including one described as "The Butchery at Granite Creek Station," between local Paiutes and western settlers. This paper will present the results of excavations of this site and will explicitly examine the role of the site as a place of hardship and conflict.

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Granite Creek Station: Site of Massacre and Memory. Carolyn White, Elizabeth Bennett, Laura Sechrist. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397854)

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