Camp McKee

From Friends of the Black Rock High Rock Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Camp McKee was in use from 1865 to 1866[1][2] or 1868[3][4][5]by the US Army. Today, the location is known as the Granite Creek Station. Originally called Detachment at Granite Creek, the Army occupied the Granite Creek Station after Indians burned it and killed its employees.

In July 1866, Dr. Francis M. Casal was appointed as acting assistant surgeon at Camp McKee and later at Camp McGarry.[6]


  1. "Early Nevada Forts," Colonel George Ruhlen, p. 45, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Volume VII, Number 3-4. Ruhlen states that McKee closed in October 1866 and cites Mona Effie Mack's History of Nevada.
  2. "Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary," Helen S. Carlson, 1974, p. 161. Carlson states that McKee closed in 1866 and cites Ruhlen
  3. "Old Forts of the Far West]," Herbert M. Hart, 1945, p. 144. Hart states that McKee abandoned in 1868.
  4. "Homicide," Humboldt Register, August 3, 1867, p. 3. Camp McKee is not specifically mentioned but the article states "On the 24th of July, George Jackson, of Granite Creek Station, west of Black Rock, shot and killed one Daniel Sweeney, one of the soldiers stations at that place."
  5. "Critical Archaeology at 19th Century Western Way Stations: Granite Creek Station, Nevada," Sechrist, Laura Kathleen, 2014, MS Thesis, UNR. Sechrist states that McKee closed in 1868, but cites Carlson 1974:161 which says 1866. Sechrist also cites Hart and two other sources to support 1868.
  6. "Historical and Biographical Record of Southern California," James Miller Guinn, 1902, p. 1230.

See Also

External Resources

  • Annual Reports of the War Department," United States War Department, 1867, p. 31 "Report of Major General HW Halleck, October 18, 1866.: "On the mail route from Chico to Idaho there are four one company posts, viz: Camp McKee on Mud lake. Camp McGarry at Summit lake, Camp CF Smith and Camp Lyon."
  • Indian Campaigns II "... From San Francisco the Regiment (Regiment of United States Dragoons) set out on April 13, 1866 to Camp McKee, Nevada, arriving on June 20th. They stayed there until September 10th when they moved to Camp McGarry, Nevada. ..."
  • BLM, "Environment Assessment, Winnemucca Field Office, Oil and Gas Leasing, September, 2005." "Following the Civil War, the United States created many military outposts in the West to absorb the standing army and protect mail and freight routes in an expanding country. Camp McKee at Granite Creek Station, and Fort McDermitt on the East Fork of the Quinn River were two such military facilities. Located north of Gerlach, Camp McKee was established in 1865 on the 1852 Nobles Route after an Indian raid. Primarily a tent compound, two major stone foundations still remain at the Camp McKee / Granite Creek Station site (Carlson, 1974:161). Like McKee, Fort McDermitt was created in 1865. The abandoned stone, adobe, and frame buildings from the original compound were renovated when the land became part of the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation in 1889. Several of these structure remain standing (Pahrer, 1970:151)."