Bothwick Nevada History and Photos


BOTHWICK -
The Bothwick area is located in T19N R62E NW1/4 NE1/4 Section 31.  Bothwick is said to have been an early toll road to and from areas in Egan Basin and Butte Valley. Botha Creek runs towards Butte Valley.  The area was used for ranching and an infamous murder took place here.

Around 1871, when Hunter sprang up about 30 miles north of Ely, NV, it depended on supplies from the Hilp Brothers of Mineral City. The shortest route between the two settlements was via Botha Creek into the Steptoe Valley through Hercules Gap.  Bothwick was said to be named for William Botha who built the toll road, stock corrals and a dugout on Botha Creek.  William Botha may have been killed by Indians and buried near his dugout.

During World War I and the 1920's, thirteen families moved into the area and changed the name of Botha Creek to Bothwick. These early residents were the Piscovich, Cogan, Carter, Dragosavic, Smith, Sly, Phillips, Miller, Kenyon, McManus, M. T. Collins, Guy Tidball, and Chuck Kogan families. Several bachelors like "Scotty" moved into the area to produce moonshine.  Frank Ludwig, Bill Dyer, Chris Peterson, and Pat Toner lived here. Among the first to take up land when the Homestead Act passed was the Bill Bradley family. Mrs. Bradley was midwife for those who lived in the area.


 

 

 

White Pine Discussion / Message Board 

White Pine Historical and Archaeological Society

White Pine County, Nevada Historical Information

US GenWeb State of Nevada

American Local History Network

This Site is hosted by

RootsWeb, the oldest and largest FREE genealogy site

Site researched and designed by Webpanda.com
Shaputis Enterprises,
  Copyright 1996 
PO Box 552 
Ruth, NV 89319
775-289-4075
or
17010 County Road 338
Buena Vista, CO 81211
719-395-2515

june@webpanda.com
All rights reserved.
Revised: July 07, 2001