Winnemucca in Humboldt County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Humboldt River
For thousands of years before the first Euro-Americans traveled the river, it was a thoroughfare and source of life for native peoples and wildlife. The river provided water, food, and shelter in this arid environment.
Because of its vital importance to life, Northern Paiute and Western Shoshone people consider all water, including the Humboldt River, sacred. Of particular importance to the health of the river were beavers. Beavers built dams that created ponds, wetlands and fertile meadows that were magnets for wildlife. The ponds acted as filters, purifying the water, and also provided stable water sources during periods of drought.
Large salmon-sized Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, an important food source source for Native Americans, thrived in these ponds.
Erected by Humboldt Museum, Bureau of Land Management.
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. Winnemucca and the Humboldt River Corridor (here, next to this marker); The California Trail (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 in Idaho); 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 Winnemucca overlook at the Humboldt Museum.
Categories. • Native Americans • Natural Features • Waterways & Vessels •
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.