Winnemucca in Humboldt County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Winnemucca and the Humboldt River Corridor
Historically, Winnemucca has served as an oasis for overland motorists. With the arrival of motorized vehicles, service and fueling stations began to appear, as well as many food, lodging and supply businesses. As the transportation routes have developed over time, so have the vehicles that carry people and freight. Today the transportation corridor and Winnemucca's services continue to evolve with accommodation for new electric vehicles. Please visit the unique vehicle collection downstairs at the Humboldt Museum.
The Humboldt River itself has also changed through time. While it played a critical role in westward expansion and as a travel corridor which helped connect America, this use took its toll.
Starting with "the scorched earth policy" in the 1820s, the impact of thousands of emigrants and livestock, and the effects of irrigation and other modern developments, the Humboldt River
In 1992, Congress designated the California Trail National Historic Trail. In 200o it designated the Applegate Trail , the Nobles Route, and the surrounding terrain, as the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trail National Conservation Area. For more information on the California Trail please visit the California Trail Interpretive Center (CTIC) located eight miles west of Elko. Also watch out for outdoor interpretive signs at rest stops along I-80. Driving guides and other information are available at the CTIC, the Humboldt Museum, the Marzen House Museum in Lovelock, the Churchill County Museum in Fallon, the BLM Black Rock Station in Gerlach (April to October) and the BLM office in Winnemucca.
As you look below, or travel I-80, think of the river as it was, a sparking stream teaming with life, and the people who traveled its banks though the years. Enjoy your journey!
Erected by Humboldt Museum, Bureau of Land Management
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Features • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1992.
Location. 40° 58.618′ N, 117° 44.662′ W. Marker is in Winnemucca, Nevada, in Humboldt County. Marker is on Museum Avenue near Maple Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 175 Museum Avenue, Winnemucca NV 89445, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The California Trail (here, next to this marker); The Humboldt River (here, next to this marker); Railroads and Telegraphs (here, next to this marker); The Victory Highway and Transcontinental Airway System (here, next to this marker); Explorers and Mountain Men (here, next to this marker); Pioneer Memorial Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Winneva Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); California Trail - Trading Post (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winnemucca.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the overlook at the Humboldt Museum.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.