105. A-20 Little Dell Reservoir – Information

Ephraim K. Hanks
Painting of the Mountain Dell station by Dan Weggeland

The Little Dell Reservoir submerged a segment of the original emigrant trail. The Donner-Reed Party, discovering that the terrain farther down the canyon was unsuitable for wagon passage, camped a few miles south of here in Mountain Dell Canyon for several days while cutting a road over Little Mountain to the west.

Later emigrants camped throughout the area now occupied by the reservoir. The Mountain Dell Pony Express Station, a contract mail and stage station operated by Mormon proprietor Ephraim Hanks, was located near the head of the reservoir, but its exact location is unknown.