“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Carlin in Eureka County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Gravely Ford

Gravely Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
1. Gravely Ford Marker
Inscription.  7 miles southeast of here was a favorite pioneer crossing of the Humboldt River, Gravely Ford. Campsite of the Donner Party, here occurred the Snyder-Reed fight, as Snyder lashed at Reed he missed and hit Reed's wife. Reed then killed Snyder. Reed was banished without food from the wagon train. His daughter smuggled food to him enabling him to reach California. Reed later returned to rescue them from being snowed in at Donner Lake. In 1861 Indians massacred a wagon train. A squaw tried to save a child but was chased for days was caught and the child killed.
Erected 2003 by Lucinda Jane Saunders Chapter 1881 E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Trail, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
Location. 40° 40.877′ N, 116° 28.751′ W. Marker is near Carlin, Nevada, in Eureka County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 258, on the right when
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traveling east. Marker is located at the Beowawe East Rest Area near Mile Marker 258. Marker can only be accessed from the eastbound lanes of the freeway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlin NV 89822, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Tale of Two Highways (a few steps from this marker); About Your Journey ... (within shouting distance of this marker); Beowawe Geysers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cattle Industry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hot, Dusty and Tattered (approx. 0.3 miles away); Argenta Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); California Trail - 1841 Route (approx. 5.3 miles away).
Additional commentary.
1. E Clampus Vitus
At the end of the marker is the motto of The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV), Credo Quia Absurdum. This Latin phrase is generally understood to mean "I believe it because it is absurd".

Also, the marker states it was "Dedicated June 7, 6008". The year 6008 is based on the ECV's idiosyncratic calendar and is 2003.
    — Submitted August 8, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
Gravely Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
2. Gravely Ford Marker
View to the south
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,146 times since then and 161 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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Dec. 8, 2023