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Near Fallon in Churchill County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Grimes Point

Prehistoric Rock Art Site

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
1. Grimes Point Marker
Inscription.  Grimes Point, one of the largest and most accessible Petroglyph sites in northern Nevada, contains about 150 basalt boulders covered with Petroglyphs. Nevada Petroglyphs were of magico-religious significance in insuring the success of large game hunts and were located near seasonal migration routes.

Running east and west along the ridge, on the hill above the Petroglyphs, there is evidence of an aboriginal drift fence for driving deer or antelope. This required concentrated group action in construction and operation.

The act of making a Petroglyph was a ritual performed by a group leader before each hunt. Evidence suggests that there existed a powerful taboo against tampering in places, for purposes, and by persons other than those directly associated with the hunt.

Petroglyphs probably date between 5000 BC and 1500 AD.
 
Erected by Nevada State Park System, Churchill County Museum Association. (Marker Number 27.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
 
Location. 39° 24.09′ 
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By Teri Ligon, December 5, 2018
2. Grimes Point Marker
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N, 118° 38.831′ W. Marker is near Fallon, Nevada, in Churchill County. Marker is on U.S. 50 at milepost 30.7, on the right when traveling west. Marker is at the Grimes Point Petroglyph Site, 10 miles east of Fallon. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fallon NV 89406, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grimes Point Archaeological Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Lasting Impressions (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ensuring Success (about 500 feet away); Styles of the Past (about 500 feet away); Rock Art & Game Trails (about 600 feet away); Beachfront Property (about 600 feet away); The Brothers of E.C.V. (approx. 2.2 miles away); Oats Park School (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fallon.
 
Also see . . .  Bureau of Land Management - Grimes Point Trail. Grimes Point is one of the largest and most accessible petroglyph (rock art) sites in the United States. There are hundreds of boulders in this locality with petroglyphs inscribed in them. Designs include circles, wavy lines, human figures, snakes, and other animal figures. The rock art is believed to be about 6,000 years old. Visitors can view examples of petroglyphs along a short, self-guided interpretive trail. The site is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. (Submitted on October 28, 2013.) 
 
Grimes Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
3. Grimes Point Marker
Grimes Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 6, 2013
4. Grimes Point Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 535 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on December 5, 2018, by Teri Ligon of Carson City, Nevada. Photos:   1. submitted on October 24, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   2. submitted on December 5, 2018, by Teri Ligon of Carson City, Nevada.   3, 4. submitted on October 24, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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