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Laughlin in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Garcés Expedition

 
 
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By Sandie Kirchner, February 19, 2015
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Inscription. Seeking to open a land route between the Missions of Sonora and California, Fray Francisco Hermenegildo Garcés, OFM, a Franciscan Missionary priest and explorer, was the first European to enter the present boundaries of Nevada. He departed Mission San Xavier del Bac near Tucson in October of 1775, and by late February of 1776, the Spanish-Franciscan friar had reached the Mohave villages located just south of this location on the banks of the Colorado River. Garcés was now traveling in areas never before seen by a non-Native American.

Relying on Native American guides, he walked from village to village. The Mohave agreed to lead him to the Pacific coast along a route used for trade purposes. It was from this general location on March 4, 1776, accompanied by four natives, that Garcés left the banks of the Colorado and set out across the Mojave Desert. He reached Mission San Gabriel Archangel 20 days later. Upon his return, he again visited the Mohave villages in this vicinity in May of 1776. His route followed a much older prehistoric trail used to bring shells and other trade goods to the tribes of the desert and mountain west. On July 19, 1781, in a Quechan revolt against Spanish forces, Father Garcés was killed at La Purisima Concepción Mission near the Yuma Crossing. Padre Garcés' body was later interred in the Franciscan
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church of the Colegio de la Santa Cruz, Querétaro, Mexico.

"Greater love hath no man than this -- That a man lay down his life for his friends."

Excerpts from Father Garcés' Diary:
"I proceeded three leagues on the course northwest with some turns to the west-northwest. I observed this locality to be in 35° 01', and named it San Pedro de los Jamajabs in this situation and that below are good mesas for the foundation of missions, and though they are near the river, they are free from inundation."
Father Garcés' Entrance into Nevada, (March 3, 1776)

"March 4, on which was made the observation noted on the 3rd day. I departed, accompanied by three Jamajab Indians and by Sevastian on a course southwest and at two leagues and a half arrived at some wells (which I named Pozos de San Casimiro). There is some grass."
Father Garcés' Departure from Nevada, (March 4, 1776)
 
Erected by State Historical Preservation Office and Saint Thomas More Society of Nevada. (Marker Number 140.)
 
Location. 35° 6.397′ N, 114° 39.044′ W. Marker is in Laughlin, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on Needles Highway (at milepost 5), 2 miles south of West Casino Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map
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By Sandie Kirchner, February 19, 2015
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. Marker is in this post office area: Laughlin NV 89029, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 9/11 Arizona Heroes Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away in Arizona); Arizona Medal of Honor (approx. 1.3 miles away in Arizona); In Memory of All Vietnam Veterans (approx. 1.3 miles away in Arizona); Arizona Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away in Arizona); Hardyville Site (approx. 3.7 miles away in Arizona); Hardyville Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away in Arizona); Commercial Steamship Transportation and Bullhead Community Park (approx. 5.2 miles away in Arizona); The Camel Corps (approx. 5.7 miles away).
 
Categories. ExplorationNative Americans
 
The Garces Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandie Kirchner, February 19, 2015
4. The Garces Expedition Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on June 11, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 24, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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