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Kane Springs Ranch


This is the 1903 photo of the Huntsman Cabin courtesy of Robin Adair. Robin is the family member that lead me to find the Kane Springs Ranch. David and Emeline Huntsman lived in Hebron Utah in 1871 where they had thier first son James. In 1875 they again moved, this time to Gunlock Utah. They lived in Gunlock till 1878 when they ventured over to Nevada, first at Bunkerville and then in 1881 to St. Thomas.
Here and below is my 2006 photos of the Huntsman Cabin. It was in 1891 when the Huntsman family left St. Thomas and homesteaded a 160 acre ranch they called the Kane Springs Ranch on the Meadow Valley Wash above Moapa. The large part of the rock behind the cabin that is missing, fell and covered the spring.
When the railroad came through in 1905 to Caliente the Huntsman ranch began to be a regular stop. Emeline Huntsman was well known for her cooking as well as medicine for those in need. The locals come to call her the lantern lady. When the first flood hit the wash, it was Emeline who rode up the wash looking for those who were injured and is credited for saving many lives.
During the disastrous flood of 1910, again it was Emeline who by now was not in her youth but still came to help those in need again. This time she rode up the wash to Elgin and delivered the baby of the stranded station master's wife. Even after her husband pasted away in 1905 she remained at the ranch. She said the railroad men will take care of me, and they did.
Here is three grave located close to the house. It was told to me that two of them were bad outlaws and the third was a railroad worker. One of the legends told me was that Emeline once met Butch Cassidy on her way to get supplies at Moapa. If there was ever a woman to stand out among men, it would have to be Emeline Huntsman.
Although the springs here probably help to draw the family to settle and build a ranch, but at one time in history it drew others as well. All over the rock walls behind the cabin is a large number of petroglyphs. Here is one just north of the cabin. There are way to many to show in photos here. Click here for more Petroglyphs !
Both Emeline and her husband are buried at the Overton Cemetery . This is their stone.