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Near Winnemucca in Humboldt County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

International Intrigue and the Humboldt River

 
 
International Intrigue and the Humboldt River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
1. International Intrigue and the Humboldt River Marker
Inscription. Before nearly quarter of a million California-bound emigrants followed the path of the Humboldt River from 1841 to 1869, someone had to have first explored the Humboldt and figured out where it went. That someone was Peter Skene Ogden, who traveled south from Oregon and first arrived on the Humboldt near here in late 1828.

Ogden worked for the Hudson's Bay Company, an early 19th century fur-trade enterprise that also furthered the interests of its home country—Great Britain. Having fur traders active in the West was a way to "check" or "counter" American expansionism. Ogden and his men tried to trap all the beaver out of this valley twice so that Great Britain could claim the land, but it didn't work. Under the pretense of "exploring new country" they were actually violating the sovereign territory of another nation—Mexico.

With the treaty that ended the Mexican-American War in 1848, the Great Basin became part of the United States. In 1850 this area became part of Utah Territory, established after the State of Deseret that was proposed by the Mormons in Salt Lake City in 1849 was rejected by Congress. In 1864, the Humboldt River Valley then became part of the new State of Nevada.

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"...The water in this river is very muddy, warm and in my opinion very unwholesome,
Markers at Button Point Rest Area image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
2. Markers at Button Point Rest Area
for in all my travels in the Snake Country the camp have never been so sickly as in this stream."
Peter Skene Ogden; 1829
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
 
Location. 41° 0.998′ N, 117° 34.41′ W. Marker is near Winnemucca, Nevada, in Humboldt County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 187, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Button Point Rest Area; the rest area is accessible from both eastbound and westbound travel lanes at Exit 187. Marker is in this post office area: Winnemucca NV 89445, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. About Your Journey ... (here, next to this marker); Humboldt River (here, next to this marker); California Trail - Humboldt Sloughs (here, next to this marker); Button Point (a few steps from this marker); Golconda (approx. 6.5 miles away); The Humboldt Canal (approx. 8.3 miles away); Winnemucca World War I American Legion Honor Roll (approx. 8.9 miles away); a different marker also named Humboldt Canal (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winnemucca.
 
More about this marker. The marker is in poor condition, and parts of the marker are difficult to read or illegible.
 
Categories. ExplorationPolitics
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 8, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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