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The Middlegate Shoe Tree

Just east of the quirky roadhouse known as Middlegate Station, a 70' tall shoe-bedecked cottonwood tree on the side of Highway 50 was the king of sole.

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Sagebrush and Rust

Seen in the sagebrush: an old car, rusted past the point of recovery as an antique, adds a human accent to the landscape.

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Spencer Hot Springs

Spencer Hot Springs’ pools are conveniently separated to provide privacy. The best may be the stone-lined pool on a rise with a commanding view of the mountains all around.

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Middlegate Station

In 1859 the overland stage built the first Middlegate Station to provide a rest stop for the passenger and freight lines crossing the area.

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Old Lander Co. Courthouse

Lander County’s courthouse moved around with the population. The first was in Jacobsville. But then a newly-discovered vein of silver in Austin prompted the county to move its seat to Austin.