Louis Dean, Louis Gerlach and Henry Flak (possibly Fisk?) bought the Ward Brother's Cattle Outfit in 1884. The purchase included water rights from Pyramid Lake to the Oregon border. Dean was to be the business manager and the sale was for $150,000.
Dean died in San Francisco of Bright's Disease in 1913.
Louis Dean was not the last Pony Expressman.
- "Passing of Last Pony Expressman." (Obituary of Louis Dean), San Francisco Chronicle, March 30, 1913, p. 28.
- "Recall Tales of Louis Dean," Nevada State Journal, April 2, 1913, p. 3.
- "A Big Sale," Reno Evening Gazette, April 25, 1884, p. 3
- "Died on the Desert," The Weekly Gazette And Stockman, Reno, August 8, 1889, p. 1.
- "Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express," Christopher Corbett.
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Death on the Desert" (from the Reno Journal), August 11, 1889, p. 12. Louis Dean reports the death of a L.H. Long from Roseburg, Oregon. Long died within two miles of Granite Station. "He had wandered back within site of the ranch - probably delirious, looking for water. The ground was torn and dug up in every direction."