The Cattle Industry
As the mining booms subsided, Nevada's ranches kept the state alive in the late 19th century. Improvements in breeding stock and winter feeding helped build vast ranching empires for hard working stockmen. Today, more than 90 per cent of Nevada's crop land is devoted to feed for cattle. For more than a century, Nevada has been a principal food producer for the nation.
Erected by Nevada State Park System. (Marker Number 187.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the California Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hot, Dusty and Tattered (within shouting distance of this marker); Argenta Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gravely Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Tale of Two Highways (approx. 0.3 miles away); About Your Journey ... (approx. 0.3 miles away); Beowawe Geysers (approx. 0.3 miles away); California Trail - 1841 Route (approx. 5.1 miles away).
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Beowawe Rest Area
Beowawe is a ghost town on State Route 306 south of Interstate 80. The name is derived from the Paiute word for gate.
Beowawe was founded in 1868 with the arrival of the railroad and grew to a population of sixty in 1881. In 1909 a power plant was built but the boom had ended by 1916 and many of the residents had moved on.
The Beowawe Rest Area is an oasis on westbound I-80 more than fifty miles from the nearest town, Elko, Nevada. Like many of the rest areas on the California Trail, it offers interpretive displays of the history and geography of the region.
In Nevada, I-80 parallels the Truckee River and the Humboldt River and follows the historical routes of the California Trail and the first transcontinental railroad. I-80 incorporated and replaced sections of the Victory Highway, Nevada State Route 1, and U.S. Route 40.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2020, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 10, 2020, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.