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Near Kanarraville in Iron County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

South Rim of the Great Basin

 
 
South Rim of the Great Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 21, 2007
1. South Rim of the Great Basin Marker
Inscription. The low ridge at the south end of this valley forms the south rim of the Great Basin, which in prehistoric times was the bed of a vast body of water now referred to as Lake Bonneville. It was so named in honor of Captain Benjamin L. E. Bonneville, who in 1833 directed the first scientific exploration of its largest remnant—Great Salt Lake.

Lake Bonneville extended 350 miles to the north and was in places 145 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 1050 ft. Its shoreline is clearly discernible on the mountain slopes fringing the basin. Through the Red Rock Pass in what is now southern Idaho, the lake drained into the Pacific Ocean, its waters flowing down the Portneuf, Snake, and Columbia Rivers.

Of this large body of water, the Great Salt Lake, Utah, Sevier, and other small lakes remain. Lying in the lowest part of the lake bed and having no outlet, Great Salt Lake has become the “Dead Sea” of the Western Hemisphere.
 
Erected by Utah State Road Commission.
 
Location. 37° 34.612′ N, 113° 9.679′ W. Marker is near Kanarraville, Utah, in Iron County. Marker is on Old U.S. 91 2.9 miles from Kanarraville, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cedar City UT 84720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
South Rim of the Great Basin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2012
2. South Rim of the Great Basin Marker
Weather has taken its toll on a wooden marker.
At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Kanarra ( approx. 3 miles away); Hamilton Fort ( approx. 3.9 miles away); The Casting of the Lots ( approx. 7.6 miles away); Old Brickyards ( approx. 7.9 miles away); Fort Harmony ( approx. 8 miles away).
 
Additional comments.
1. Great and interesting
Thatís a great piece of history that Iím glad to find out about. Thanks for posting it.
    — Submitted July 7, 2007, by Charles Uibel of Salt Lake City, Utah.

 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Marker and west side of Colorado Plateau image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 21, 2007
3. Marker and west side of Colorado Plateau
The low point in the distance is the south rim of the Great Basin image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 21, 2007
4. The low point in the distance is the south rim of the Great Basin
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,522 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 27, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 13, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3, 4. submitted on June 27, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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