Near West Wendover in Elko County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Tough Traveling in the Desert
In 1846 the Reed-Donner Party crossed this valley, following the Hastings Cutoff to the main California Trail. Crossing the salt flats just east of here was extremely difficult. Stock animals perished, wagons broke down, and the emigrants barely reached the life-saving springs at the base of Pilot Peak. This "short cut" slowed their progress and helped to set the stage for the disaster that lay 400 miles ahead of them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
As travelers today along Interstate 80, you're following the same route as these early explorers and emigrants. On a good day, they worked hard to cover 10 to 15 miles through
Location. 40° 50.71′ N, 114° 12.49′ W. Marker is near West Wendover, Nevada, in Elko County. Marker can be reached from Pilot Road 0.2 miles north of Interstate 80, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Pilot Road is accessed from Exit 398 of I-80. Marker is in this post office area: West Wendover NV 89883, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Can Anything Survive Here? (here, next to this marker); Where Did the Lake Go? (here, next to this marker); Pilot Peak (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hastings Cutoff (approx. 10.1 miles away); Wendover Will Reclaims Skyline Once Again (approx. 10.1 miles away); 509th Composite Group – First Atomic Bombardment (approx. 10.9 miles away); Control Tower (approx. 12.1 miles away in Utah); Bomb Squadron Hangar (approx. 12.1 miles away in Utah). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Wendover.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 291 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.