Battle Mountain in Lander County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
As a town, it did not spring into existence until January 1870. In October 1868, the railroad established Reese River siding here, and made Argenta, five miles eastward, its principle station and point of departure for the busy mining camps to the southward.
Early in 1870, Argenta was moved bodily to this location, and Reese River siding was renamed Battle Mountain switch. Stage and freights roads north and south teemed with "mud wagon" stages and massive freight wagons, hauled by long jerk-line teams.
From 1880 to 1938, Battle Mountain was the operating headquarters for the Nevada Central Railroad, as well as the Battle Mountain and Lewis Railroad (1881-1890). The town's first copper boom developed in 1897, in the Galena (Battle Mountain) Range.
Erected 1970 by Nevada State Park System and Lander County Board of County Commissioners. (Marker Number 95.)
Location. 40° 38.513′ N, 116° 56.044′ W. Marker is in Battle Mountain, Nevada, in Lander County. Marker is on E. Front St (Nevada Route Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Battle Mountain NV 89820, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Valmy (approx. 14.4 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 and readability. The marker has been amended to remove the wording "angry" and "after the Indians had attacked their wagons" in the first paragraph and "hauled by long jerk-line teams" in the third paragraph. 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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.