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

Big Smoky Valley

Big Smoky Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, January 30, 2010
1. Big Smoky Valley Marker
Inscription. Named for its hazy distances, this valley has seen a parade of famous men and stirring events.

Prior to the white men, the valley and its bordering Toiyabe and Toquima Ranges were favorite Shoshone haunts.

Jedediah Smith, intrepid trapper and trail-blazer, was the first white man here. Crossing the valley's southern end from the west in 1827. In 1845, came John C. Fremont, accompanied by such figures of the American West as Kit Carson and Basil LaJeunesse.

In 1859, Captain James Simpson located the "Central Route" across the valley's northern end. Thus began the historic decade 1859-1869, which saw Chorpenning's Jackass Mail, The Pony Express, The Overland Telegraph, and the Concord Coaches of the Overland Mail and Stage Co. crossing the valley

Silver strikes at Austin (1862-1863) initiated the valley's first mining boom. Numerous bustling mining camps sprang up: Bunker Hill, Kingston, Geneva, Santa Fe, Ophir Canyon, Jefferson, etc.

Following the 1900 Tonopah silver strike, mining surged again. During this interlude, two new towns - Manhattan and Round Mountain - started with a brief revival of many earlier camps.
Erected by Nevada State Park System. (Marker Number 42.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 46.991′ N, 117° 10.517′ W. Marker is in Carvers, Nevada, in Nye County. Marker is on Nevada Route 376 0.7 miles north of Jefferson Drive, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Round Mountain NV 89045, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Round Mountain (approx. 5.1 miles away); Ophir (approx. 10.8 miles away); Tate's Stage Station (approx. 13.5 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 57 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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