Near Nixon in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Kooyooe Panunadu - Pyramid Lake
America's most beautiful desert lake is a remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan, which covered some 8,450 square miles in western Nevada during the Ice Age. Caves and rock shelters along its shore have yielded evidence of Numu (Paiute) people living here for thousands of years.
John C. Frémont came upon the lake on January 10, 1844 and named it for the pyramid-shaped island just off the east shore. The Numu called the pyramid formulation (sic) Wono. The Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation was created in 1959. The history of the Numu people living here has been one of contention with encroaching settlers. With the Numu victory in the First Battle of Pyramid Lake, May 12, 1860, more European-American men died than in any other prior engagement west of the Mississippi.
Anaho Island, just to the south of the Pyramid, was established as a national wildlife refuge in 1913 and is today one of the largest White Pelican nesting grounds in North America.
Erected by State Historic Preservation Office, Pyramid Lake Tribal Office. (Marker Number 18.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these Exploration • Native Americans • Natural Features. A significant historical date for this entry is January 10, 1844.
Location. 39° 54.156′ N, 119° 33.942′ W. Marker is near Nixon, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker is on Pyramid Lake Road (Nevada Route 445) near Sutcliffe Highway (Nevada Route 445), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 28460 Pyramid Lake Road, Nixon NV 89424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Guanomi Mine (approx. 7.1 miles away).
Also see . . . Pyramid Lake. The Nevada Travel Network website entry:
Despite the enormous changes which have overtaken the world since Fremont's visit in 1844, Pyramid Lake (which he named for a tufa rock formation on the eastern shore) remains as strikingly beautiful and as enchanting as it was before he came. (Submitted on September 8, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 320 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 8, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.