Near Moapa Valley in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
In 1865 Brigham Young sent 75 families to settle the area, to grow cotton for the people of Utah, and to connect Utah with the Pacific Ocean via the Colorado River.
Located near the junction of the Muddy and Virgin Rivers,and now under Lake Mead, the "Cotton Mission" was named St. Thomas for its leader, Thomas Smith. A prosperous, self-contained agriculture was built up in the valley, which included orchards, vineyards, cotton, grains and vegetables.
The December, 1870 survey placed the valley in Nevada and because Nevada taxes were greater than those of Utah, the settlers, now including those in St. Joseph, (Old) Overton, West Point and Logandale, began leaving two months later. They left the results of seven years of labor, more than 18 miles of irrigation canal and several hundred acres of cleared land.
Other Mormons resettled the land in 1880. The area remains one of the most agriculturally productive in the state.
Erected by Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology, Southern Nevada Historical Society. (Marker Number 36.)
Marker series. This marker Old Spanish National Trail marker series.
Location. 36° 38′ N, 114° 29.532′ W. Marker is near Moapa Valley, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on Nevada Route 169 at milepost 21, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Logandale NV 89021, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glendale and "Glendale Nick" Nicolaides (approx. 4.8 miles away); Early Settlements in the Moapa Valley (approx. 7.1 miles away); Moapa Valley Pioneers (approx. 7.6 miles away); Pueblo Grande De Nevada (approx. 7.6 miles away); Lost City Museum (approx. 7.6 miles away); Fay Perkins, Sr. (approx. 7.6 miles away); Pioneers (approx. 8.4 miles away); Pueblo Grande de Nevada (approx. 8.8 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. Changes have been made to this marker for grammar, readability, and content. The reference to pueblo-type culture has been removed, and it is now noted that the property owners owed back taxes to Nevada. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on October 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers •
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