As one of many prospectors from Walla Walla, Washington who came to Owyhee County in the 1870s, John Reynolds serves as this community’s namesake. John Reynolds was known as the laziest prospector in the party, preferring to sit in camp all day while the other members prospected, gathered supplies, and located food. Noticing Reynolds’ apathy, his comrades named the nearby creek Reynolds Creek as both failed to move quickly, and the post office established in 1877 adopted his name as well. In 1884, residents renamed their community Brunzel, but in 1915, the town’s name returned to Reynolds. The town post office operated until 1915 when it was forced to close its doors due to a dwindling population.

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