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Near Panaca in Lincoln County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Cathedral Gorge

 
 
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By Duane Hall, May 23, 2009
1. Cathedral Gorge Marker
Inscription. More than a million years ago, a large freshwater lake covered all of Meadow Valley - the area along U.S. 93 between Caliente and Panaca. Later, uplifting and faulting of the terrain caused the waters to drain, leaving behind a thousand feet of sediments and gravel. During the most recent ice age, rivulets of rainwater and snowmelt began to carve gullies out of the softer sediments - siltstone and clay - resulting in the maze of towers, crevices, and canyons at Cathedral Gorge.

Mrs. Earl Godbe, an 1890s resident of nearby mining camp called Bullionville, was one of the first visitors to appreciate the drama of this sculpted landscape. Eroded siltstone spires reminded her of European cathedrals, prompting her to suggest the name Cathedral Gulch (later amended to Cathedral Gorge). Over the years, these buff-colored cliffs have also provided residents with a unique backdrop for Biblical pageants and other open-air dramas.

In 1911, Nephi and Elbert Edwards, two teenage boys from Panaca, began exploring the nooks and crannies of Cathedral Gorge. They and their brothers built a series of ladders through cave-like crevices and crawlways. In the early 1920s, the Edwards families led the movement to preserve and protect the Gorge, which became a state park in 1935.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built the
Geologic Marker on How Cathedral Gorge Came to Be image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 23, 2009
2. Geologic Marker on How Cathedral Gorge Came to Be
original camping facilities, including the stone water tower near the picnic area and the ramada at Miller's Point, one of the best observation points and trailheads in the park. Other facilities have since been added, including several nature trails, which offer excellent hiking and photographic opportunities.
 
Erected by Cathedral Gorge State Park.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 37° 48.252′ N, 114° 24.422′ W. Marker is near Panaca, Nevada, in Lincoln County. Marker can be reached from Cathedral Gorge State Park Road 0.1 miles west of U.S. 93. Touch for map. Marker is located at the visitor center of Cathedral Gorge State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Panaca NV 89042, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bullionville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clover Valley Mountains Steam Engine/Sawmill (approx. 1.3 miles away); Panaca Spring (approx. 1.3 miles away); Panaca Ward Chapel (approx. 1.4 miles away); Panaca (approx. 1.4 miles away); Panaca Mercantile
Cathedral Gorge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2013
3. Cathedral Gorge Marker
(approx. 1 miles away); Miller's Point / Cathedral Gorge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Wheeler Monument (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Panaca.
 
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Cathedral Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 23, 2009
4. Cathedral Gorge
Cathedral Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 23, 2009
5. Cathedral Gorge
Cathedral Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 23, 2009
6. Cathedral Gorge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 296 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 23, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3. submitted on October 18, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on December 23, 2012, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   5, 6. submitted on January 21, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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