Wall Spring

Poised on the sagebrush covered lip of a dry prehistoric lakebed that is now the Smoke Creek Desert in northwestern Nevada, Wall Spring was a stop on the emigrant trail since the 1850ís. The original spring still flows into a sunken pool but the water is out of reach for our project of reclaiming the land and restoring habitat. We drilled 2 artesian, warm water wells that have turned parts of this160 acre parcel of land into an oasis. One of few private holdings in the Smoke Creek basin; this land was heavily over grazed by the previous absentee cattle rancher. Since 1995 we have dug 6 ponds with connecting channels that support hundreds of trees, willows, water fowl, owls, hawks, heron, fish, frogs, deer, coyote, and the beginning of the return of native grasses. As the shores of prehistoric Lake Lahanton receded, the native American population inhabited its edges and vast quantities of chipped obsidian brought from 60 miles away remain to mark their presence. Wall Spring is 18 miles from the nearest electricity lines requiring that we build our house and studios with solar energy which provides our daily power. †

Further Reading
Fox, William L. 2000. Playa Works: The Myth of the Empty. University of Nevada Press.
studio engineer's plane

studio engineer's
plane

first trailer

first trailer

1st Wall Spring building

1st Wall Spring
building

house under construction

house under
construction

house in 2005

house in 2005

studios 2005

studios 2005

Mike on dozer

Mike on dozer

new Hercules pond

new Hercules pond
1998

Hercules across pond

Hercules across pond
2006

red lilies

red lilies

Mikie and dogs in Buffalo Hills

Mike and dogs
in Buffalo Hills

Wall Spring from Buffalo Hills<br />1998

Wall Spring
from Buffalo Hills
1998

Wall Spring from Buffalo Hills

Wall Spring
from Buffalo Hills
2006

Granite Range from Wall Spring

Granite Range
from Wall Spring

Buffalo Hills with lake lines

Buffalo Hills
with lake lines

dogs on playa in snow

dogs on playa
in snow