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Near Hawthorne in Mineral County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Mineral County

 
 
Mineral County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mh, May 5, 2011
1. Mineral County Marker
Inscription. Nevada's earliest maps show Walker Lake. Jedediah Smith, the first American into Nevada, passed near here in 1828 during his remarkable trip across the state. Peter Skene Ogden was here in 1829, then Fremont in 1845 with his guide, Joseph Walker for whom the lake is named.

Until it's creation in 1911, Mineral County was part of Esmeralda. The first county seat was at Aurora but it was moved to Hawthorne in 1883, the year after the Carson and Colorado RR was built. The county had many well-known mining towns—Aurora, Bellville, Candelaria, Rawhide and others. (Marker Number 16.)
 
Location. 38° 41.433′ N, 118° 46.232′ W. Marker is near Hawthorne, Nevada, in Mineral County. Marker can be reached from Veterans Memorial Highway (U.S. 95), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located within a Walker Lake State Recreational picnic area alongside of U.S. 95. Marker is in this post office area: Hawthorne NV 89415, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To Perpetuate the Memory of our Valiant Defenders of Freedom (approx. 13.4 miles away); The Pillar of Light (approx. 13.4 miles away); Hawthorne
Mineral County Marker with Walker Lake behind it image. Click for full size.
By Mh, May 5, 2011
2. Mineral County Marker with Walker Lake behind it
(approx. 13 miles away); Carson & Colorado (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Minor changes have been made to the marker for grammar, readability, and content. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
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Mineral County Marker, Walker Lake, and part of the Washoe Range image. Click for full size.
By Mh, May 5, 2011
3. Mineral County Marker, Walker Lake, and part of the Washoe Range
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2011. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 13, 2011, by Mh of Las Vegas, Nevada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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