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Battle Mountain in Lander County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Battle Mountain

 
 
Battle Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
1. Battle Mountain Marker
Inscription. Battle Mountain's name derives from the mountain range to the southwest, where in 1850 angry California emigrants ambushed a band of Shoshones after the Indians had attacked their wagons.

As a town, it did not spring into existence until January 1870. In October 1868, the railroad established Reese River siding here, and made Argenta, five miles eastward, its principle station and point of departure for the busy mining camps to the southward.

Early in 1870, Argenta was moved bodily to this location, and Reese River siding was renamed Battle Mountain switch. Stage and freights roads north and south teemed with "mud wagon" stages and massive freight wagons, hauled by long jerk-line teams.

From 1880 to 1938, Battle Mountain was the operating headquarters for the Nevada Central Railroad, as well as the Battle Mountain and Lewis Railroad (1881-1890). The town's first copper boom developed in 1897, in the Galena (Battle Mountain) Range.
 
Erected 1970 by Nevada State Park System and Lander County Board of County Commissioners. (Marker Number 95.)
 
Location. 40° 38.513′ N, 116° 56.044′ W. Marker is in Battle Mountain, Nevada, in Lander County. Marker is on E. Front St (Nevada Route
Battle Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
2. Battle Mountain Marker
304) west of N. Reese St, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Battle Mountain NV 89820, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Valmy (approx. 14.4 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 each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Minor changes have been made to the marker for grammar and readability. The marker has been amended to remove the wording "angry" and "after the Indians had attacked their wagons" in the first paragraph and "hauled by long jerk-line teams" in the third paragraph. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Battle Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
3. Battle Mountain Marker
Downtown Battle Mountain across from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
4. Downtown Battle Mountain across from Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 275 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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