Near Winnemucca in Humboldt County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Ogden gave the name "Unknown River" to the Humboldt at this time, as he was unsure where it went. Later, after the death of his trapper Joseph Paul, Ogden renamed the stream Paul's River, then Swampy River, finally Mary's River, from the legendary Indian wife of one of his trappers. In 1833 the Bonneville - Walker fur party named it Barren River.
Ogden's or Mary's River were commonly used names for the Humboldt prior to the publication of John C. Fremont's map in 1848.
The Humboldt was the only natural arterial across the Great Basin. It funneled thousands of emigrants along its valley enroute to the Pacific Coast during the period 1841-1870.
Erected by Nevada State Park System. (Marker Number 22.)
Location. 41° 0.998′ N, 117° 34.412′ W. Marker is near Winnemucca, Nevada, in Humboldt County Click for map. Marker is located at the Button Point Rest Area; the rest area is accessible from both eastbound and westbound travel lanes at Exit 187. Marker is in this post office area: Winnemucca NV 89445, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. International Intrigue and the Humboldt River (here, next to this marker); About Your Journey ... (here, next to this marker); California Trail - Humboldt Sloughs (a few steps from this marker); Button Point (a few steps from this marker); Golconda (approx. 6.5 miles away); The Humboldt Canal (approx. 8.3 miles away); Winnemucca World War I American Legion Honor Roll (approx. 8.9 miles away); a different marker also named Humboldt Canal (approx. 8.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winnemucca.
Also see . . .
1. Humboldt River - Wikipedia Entry. (Submitted on August 8, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
2. 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 (Submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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