Near Fallon in Churchill County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Sand Mountain dominates the Salt Wells Basin and is visible from Mt. Rose peak in the Carson Range 82 miles to the west. The dune is important to off highway vehicle enthusiasts, biologists, Native Americans, and geologists. Sand Mountain is a sinuous transverse dune derived from Ice Age Lake Lahontan beach sands piled here by south westerly-trending winds. The dune is the Stillwater Northern Paiutesí Panitogogwa, a giant rattlesnake travelling to the northeast with the wind to its back. The snake can be heard as it moves toward its hole, a phenomenon geologists associate with “singing” sand dunes. The Sand Mountain blue butterfly is only found here where it is depends on the Kearney buckwheat plant. The dunes clearly marked the location of nearby Sand Springs, improved and mapped in 1859 as a potential emigrant stop by Army Lieutenant James H. Simpson. Sand Springs later served as the location of the Sand Springs Pony Express Station in 1860 and the terminus of the 1866 Fort Churchill and Sand Springs Toll Road.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 16.508′ N, 118° 24.803′ W. Marker was near Fallon, Nevada, in Churchill County. Marker was on U.S. 50 at milepost 46.5, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Fallon NV 89406, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Sand Mountain Pony Express Station (approx. 1.6 miles away); Pony Express Route (approx. 8.7 miles away); Fairview (approx. 10.6 miles away).
Also see . . . Sand Mountain Historical Marker. Photos of the marker prior to going missing. (Submitted on October 27, 2013.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 23, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.