In early descriptions of the routes to the American west, the mountain passes were referred to as “gates.” In 1859 the overland stage built the first Middlegate Station to provide a rest stop for the passenger and freight lines crossing the area. The short-lived pony express used the station to change mounts during its eighteen month history (1860-61). Middlegate Station fell into ruin following Nevada’s early bonanza years. Restored twice, (1942 and 1984), the establishment is known today for its “Monster Burger.”
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