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Near Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Old Spanish Trail

Mountain Springs Pass

 
 
Old Spanish Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 15, 2010
1. Old Spanish Trail Marker
Inscription. This portion of the Old Spanish Trail was discovered in January, 1830, by Antonio Armijo during his first trip from Santa Fe to Los Angeles. The spring just north of this marker provided excellent water and fed meadows of luxuriant grass for draft animals. Two days were required to travel between Las Vegas and Mountain Springs Pass. The trip was broken at Cottonwood Springs, the site of Blue Diamond, where an early start was usually made in order to climb the pass by nightfall. Early travelers often referred to the area as Piute Springs, but the present title has been used for over a century. The altitude made Mountain Springs one of the favorite camping spots on the trail.
 
Erected by Nevada State Park System, Southern Nevada Historical Society. (Marker Number 142.)
 
Location. 35° 59.907′ N, 115° 26.861′ W. Marker is near Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on Nevada Route 160 at milepost 17, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Las Vegas NV 89124, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Old Spanish Trail (approx. 3.6 miles away); a different marker
Old Spanish Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 15, 2010
2. Old Spanish Trail Marker
also named The Old Spanish Trail (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Pioneer Saloon (approx. 11.5 miles away); Goodsprings Mining District 1856 - 1957 (approx. 11.5 miles away); Good's Spring (approx. 11.6 miles away); The Last Spike (approx. 14.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Last Spike (approx. 15 miles away but has been reported missing).
 
Also see . . .  History of The Old Spanish Trail. The Old Spanish Trail witnessed a brief but furious heyday between 1830 and 1848 as a trade route linking Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California. During that period, Mexican and American traders took woolen goods west over the trail by mule train, and returned eastward with California mules and horses for the New Mexico and Missouri markets. (Submitted on March 28, 2010.) 
 
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Old Spanish Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 15, 2010
3. Old Spanish Trail Marker
Old Spanish Trail Marker as seen looking east along NV State Road 160 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 12, 2010
4. Old Spanish Trail Marker as seen looking east along NV State Road 160
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,431 times since then and 122 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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