“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Silver Springs in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Crossing Paths

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By Lance C Johnson, April 20, 2021
1. Crossing Paths Marker
Inscription.  John C Freemont and his expedition of 27 explorers rode south from Pyramid lake and camped in this area of the Carson River on January 18, 1844 by a bend in the river, beneath the bluffs where Ft. Churchill is now located. After making observations from the nearby mountains, Freemont decided on a more southern route over the Sierra Nevadas to the Sacramento Valley. They arrived at Sutters Fort in March of 1844.

Fifteen years later, the rapid growth of California increased wagon traffic across the Sierra range significantly. It soon became apparent a shorter, faster route across the continent was imperative. Captain James Harvey Simpson of the US Army of Topographical Engineers was selected for the task of finding that route. In 1859, he and 64 men set off from the Great Salt Lake in Utah to Genoa, Nevada.

Although both the Simpson and Fremont trails did cross near this point on the Carson River, Simpson made his camp about 5 miles west of this point further up on the south side of the Carson River and on his return trip about three miles east of where Buckland Station is now located today.

Both men are recognized
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By Lance C Johnson, April 20, 2021
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in history as famous trail blazers but Freemont is more readily remembered because of his political career. Julia C Bulette Chapter 1864 and its outpost copper queen 1915
Erected 2017 by Chief Truckee Chapter 3691, James W Marshall Chapter 49, Julia C Bulette Chapter 1864 Outpost Copper Queen 1915, E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 18, 1844.
Location. 39° 17.672′ N, 119° 15.148′ W. Marker is in Silver Springs, Nevada, in Lyon County. Marker is on U.S. 95 near Fort Churchill, on the right when traveling south. The marker is across the highway from Buckland Station and next to the restrooms. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Silver Springs NV 89429, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buckland's Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bucklands Station Famous Historical Point (about 300 feet away); The Longest Ride (about 400 feet away); Stockton Well (approx. 6.7 miles away); Desert Well Station (approx. 7.7 miles away); Wabuska (approx. 11.1 miles away); Williams Station (approx. 13.6 miles away); Lahontan Dam (approx. 15.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2021, by Lance C Johnson of Sun Valley, Nevada. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2021, by Lance C Johnson of Sun Valley, Nevada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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