“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Winnemucca in Humboldt County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

About Your Journey ...

About Your Journey ... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
1. About Your Journey ... Marker
Inscription. Whichever direction your travels take you, you're going to have a similar experience to what the California-bound emigrants had. You're going to see the same country, except for the towns and the ranch meadows. The big difference, though, is that you'll be traveling at a much faster pace. From here, you can be in California in a few hours. For the emigrants, it was as much as a month's journey. As you drive and look back at the country, think about those people who plodded along day after day through the thick alkali dust and sand—headed toward dreams of gold or a new life.

The California Trail had its beginnings at several points along the Missouri River, and included several variant routes across the Great Basin and over the Sierra Nevada mountains into California. With the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, most travelers made the journey by rail.

You're Invited!
There are many California Trail sites like this one, spread across Nevada. They're marked on this map.
As you stop at these sites, you'll learn more about what happened to these emigrants as they traveled across the Great Basin. Be sure to visit the California Trail Interpretive Center just west of Elko, Nevada.
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
Marker series.
Markers at Button Point Rest Area image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
2. Markers at Button Point Rest Area
This marker is included in the California Trail marker series.
Location. 41° 0.996′ N, 117° 34.408′ W. Marker is near Winnemucca, Nevada, in Humboldt County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 187, on the right when traveling west. 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); California Trail - Humboldt Sloughs (here, next to this marker); Button Point (here, next to this marker); Humboldt River (here, next to 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 . . .  California Trail Interpretive Center Website. (Submitted on August 8, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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