Wheeler Ranch

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

Wheeler Ranch is located south of Soldier Meadows, near Wagner Springs and the Little Joe Mine. Wheeler Ranch was established by Carl Wheeler in 1903. In 1907, Carl sold to his younger brother Don. Don died in 1922 of exposure after his car was stuck in the desert on a cold winter night. In 1927, the Parman brothers bought the Wheeler Ranch along with Soldier Meadows. They were forced to sell in the 1930's, but Verne and Ralph Parman bought Wheeler Ranch back in 1937 and operated it for another twenty-one years.

Sessions Wheeler states that Wheeler Ranch is also known as the Parman Ranch or Donnelly Ranch and is located on Donnelly Creek. [1].


  1. Sessions Wheeler, "Nevada's Black Rock Desert," p. 171.

"One or the most painful bits of news that has come to me for some time is the death of Don Wheeler on the Black Rock Desert; died right on the job hauling corn for his sheep. I lost a truly good friend. I cannot expres in words my feeling. He was frozen to death. I know that at the time it was ten below zero at Fallon at that is well in the southern part of the state, so on the Black Rock Desert it must have been several degrees colder. - W.H. Guscetti, Sierra Co, Calif."