The next original Pony Express station east of Buckland’s Station was Hooten Wells and nearby Desert Station. When the Pony Express riders left Buckland’s, they rode south over the wooden toll bridge Buckland had constructed across the Carson River for about two miles before turning east toward the next station. About 12 miles east was Hooten Wells station and nearby was Desert Station, which became the station for the Pony Express after Hooten Wells Station was abandoned. Since the structures were so close together, they can be considered one and the same station. Hooten Wells is about 1.5 miles northeast of Desert Station. The site is on the Rafter D Ranch.
Pony Express Stations, Part 9: Hooten Wells/Desert Station
News From: NPEA Nevada Division