Nevada Historic Markers in Douglas County

Nevada Historical Marker 118
Luther Canyon (Fay Canyon)
SR 206 (Foothill Road)
Ten Miles South of Genoa

Nevada Historic Marker 118: Luther Canyon
Nevada Historic Marker 118: Luther Canyon

21 October 2016
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Luther Canyon
(Fay Canyon)

Luther Canyon, west of this site, takes its name from Ira M. Luther, who from 1858-1865 had a sawmill there. The house behind the marker was his home. In 1861, he was a delegate to the Second Nevada Territorial Legislature. After 1865, the canyon came to be known as Horse Thief Canyon, because of the "business" of John and Lute Olds, owners of the next ranch south. Besides operating a station along the Emigrant Trail for a number of years, they rustled horses from emigrants. The animals were sent up the canyon to drift over the ridge into Horse Thief Meadows; after resting and feeding, the horses were driven down to Woodfords Canyon to sell to other emigrants. A prospector called Sawtooth was allegedly murdered and buried in the barn south of the Luther house. Sam Brown, a notorious bad man was shot and killed in front of the Olds barn in 1861 by a man he threatened. "Lucky Bill" Thorington, implicated in a murder in California, for which he was hanged by vigilantes in 1858, had a ranch two and a half miles to the south ---- and the pioneers called the school district "Fairview."

State Historical Marker No. 118
Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology
Carson Valley Historical Society
And Fred Dressler

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