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Near Austin in Churchill County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Edwards Creek Valley

 
 
Edwards Creek Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2013
1. Edwards Creek Valley Marker
Inscription. This valley was favored by prehistoric Indians for its abundant grass and brush found near its springs and intermittent streams. Shoshonean Indians and their ancestors traveled seasonally to gather wild seeds and small game and settled here in winter camps.

In 1854, Col. John Reese discovered an emigrant/wagon route through Edwards Creek Valley that was shorter than the Humboldt Trail. Established by surveyor James Simpson in 1859, it was followed by the Pony Express, the Overland Telegraph, the Overland Mail stages, and in 1862, it became the Austin Gold Rush route. It was the principal east-west commercial artery for Nevada until 1880.
 
Erected by State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Cultural Affairs, and Austin Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 111.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 31.813′ N, 117° 43.574′ W. Marker is near Austin, Nevada, in Churchill County. Marker is on U.S. 50 23 miles north of Nevada Route 722, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin NV 89310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other
Edwards Creek Valley image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2013
2. Edwards Creek Valley
View to southeast from marker
markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pony Express (approx. 11.7 miles away); Rock Creek (approx. 11.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of the markers on its website for each individual marker and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Minor changes have been made to the marker for grammar, readability, and content. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on October 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
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Edwards Creek Valley image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2013
3. Edwards Creek Valley
View to north from marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 336 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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