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

Truckee Trail - Forty Mile Desert

 
 
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By Alvis Hendley, August 5, 2010
1. Truckee Trail - Forty Mile Desert Marker
Inscription.  "Long before sunrise our teams were on the trail marching forward on the desert. Very little to note save the dust & brightness of the glittering sand. Now & then a grave, little donage & dead stock." - John Clark of Virginia, Aug 21, 1852
 
Erected 2000. (Marker Number T-3.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Trail, the Trails West Inc., and the Truckee Trail series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is August 21, 1852.
 
Location. 39° 55.767′ N, 118° 44.964′ W. Marker is near Fallon, Nevada, in Churchill County. Marker is on U.S. 95 0.9 miles south of Interstate 80, on the left when traveling south. Marker is 0.9 miles south of the Fallon Rest Area. 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 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. About Your Journey ... (approx. ¾ mile away); Traveling Through Hell (approx. ¾ mile away); A Home of Early Man
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By Alvis Hendley, August 5, 2010
2. Truckee Trail - Forty Mile Desert Marker
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(approx. ¾ mile away); Forty Mile Desert (approx. 0.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Truckee Trail - Forty Mile Desert. The term donage on the marker is probably a variant of dunnage which means personal baggage or belongings.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Trails West Inc.

Trails West Inc. of Reno, Nevada, has erected seventy markers along the Truckee Trail from Humboldt Bar in the Forty Mile Desert a few miles east of this marker to Johnson's Ranch near Wheatland in the agricultural Central Valley of California.

The markers are fabricated from steel railroad rails. Most markers include a quote from an emigrant diary inscribed on a metal plate.

In addition to marking the Truckee Trail, Trails West has installed six hundred markers along two thousand miles of emigrant trails stretching from southern Idaho, across Nevada, and into California and Oregon.

Trails West publishes excellent guides to the trails.
    — Submitted May 5, 2020, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California.
 
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By Alvis Hendley, August 5, 2010
3. Forty Mile Desert
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2020, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 5, 2020, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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