Pacific House

Census figures for Pacific House Highway 50, list the population at five.

That may be stretching it a bit.

The original Pacific House was a roadside hotel constructed in 1859.  Among those who signed the guest register were Horace Greeley, Mark Twain, and Thomas Starr King.  Pacific House was a prominent spot on the old Carson stagecoach route.  Greeley wrote of his adventures along the road (Highway 50) in An Overland Journey from New York to San Francisco in the Summer of 1859 (1860) Twain’s Roughing It (1872) contains his rollicking description of a wild stagecoach ride that zoomed past the Pacific House.

A restaurant was ultimately constructed at this spot and an automobile garage also functioned here at one time.  These structures remain today, but little evidence of life exists.  The ruins of the original Pacific House are nearby.  
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