Fort Sage (1870s-1870s) - A temporary Fort established as a rest stop on the military supply route from Reno, Nevada to Fort Bidwell, California, located near Fort Sage Mountain, Washoe County, Nevada. Intermittently occupied by troops in the 1870s. Also Known as Camp Sage. Abandoned in the 1870s.
Established in the 1870s as a rest stop on the military supply route from Reno, Nevada to Fort Bidwell, California. Not much is known about the establishment or the abandonment of the site.
The origin of the fort is in dispute. Charles Clark, (1864-1947) who moved to Long Valley in 1872, said that soldiers passing through the region camped on the east side of the mountain, next to the only stream, and made a fortification of stone and debris.
A second version was put forward by California Surveyor, Alexis W. Von Schmidt who re-survey the eastern boundary of California. He wrote in his survey notes: “About one mile east of the 133rd mile is a fine stream of living water, called Sage Fort Creek, so named from the fact that at this place several years ago, a number of white people were killed by the Indians, the whites having constructed a rude fort was for a time able to resist the attacks of the savages but were finally slaughtered.”
Abandoned sometime later in the 1870s.