Near Elko in Elko County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
West End of Hastings Cutoﬀ
Across the Humboldt Valley southward from this point a deeply incised canyon is seen opening into the valley. Through that canyon along the South Fork of the Humboldt ran the disaster-laden route called the Hastings Cutoff. It joined the regular Fort Hall route running on both sides of the Humboldt here.
The canyon was first traversed in 1841 by the Bartleson-Bidwell party, the earliest organized California emigrant group. In 1846 Lansford Hastings guided a party through this defile of the South fork and out along the Humboldt. The ill-fated Reed-Donner party followed later the same year.
By 1850 the dangers of the cutoff route were recognized and it was abandoned.
Erected 1964. (Marker Number 3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail marker series.
Location. 40° 45.965′ N, 115° 55.184′ W. Marker is near Elko, Nevada, in Elko County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 292, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the eastbound on-ramp of Exit 292 (Hunter). Marker is in this post office area: Elko NV 89801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker Hoppe-Lienhard Wagon Group (here, next to this marker); Marking Time (approx. 0.2 miles away); California Trail - Greenhorn Cutoff (approx. 0.2 miles away); About Your Journey ... (approx. 0.2 miles away); The End of the Hastings Cutoff (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Humboldt River Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); The California Emigrant Trail Interpretive Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elko Airport (approx. 8.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elko.
More about this marker. The marker is Nevada Centennial Marker No. 3, installed in 1964 as part of Nevada's celebration of its 100th anniversary of statehood and the beginning of the Nevada Historical Marker Program.
Also see . . .
1. California Trail Interpretive Center Website. (Submitted on August 9, 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 have been made to the marker for grammar and readability. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page (Submitted on November 12, 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 339 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.