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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Nevada

National Pony Express Centennial Association Plaque (<i>mounted above marker</i>) image, Touch for more information
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2014
National Pony Express Centennial Association Plaque (mounted above marker)
1 Nevada, Carson City — "Pony" Bob Haslam
”Pony” Bob Haslam, considered to be the greatest of all Pony Express riders, rode for the Express from the beginning to the end. His route was through Carson City, one of the relay stations. Erected by the Nevada Pony Express Centennial . . . Map (db m128553) HM
2 Nevada, Carson City — Abraham Van Santvoord Curry1815 – 1873 — “A Man with a Vision” —
Abraham Curry, the “Father of Carson City”, accomplished more in his 15 year residence than most men hope to in a lifetime. Not only did he purchase the land in 1858 which is now Carson City, but laid out the townsite and built many of . . . Map (db m20874) HM
3 Nevada, Carson City — Blackwell Ponds
In 1902 Marion Jefferson Blackwell purchased 360 acres from the State of Nevada, 556 acres of adjoining land from Sweeney’s Hot Springs and a lot with a house. He raised carp and catfish to sell commercially also hay and horses. Neighbors used the . . . Map (db m116178) HM
4 Nevada, Carson City — Carson CityOriginal Station — Apr. 3, 1860 - Nov. 20, 1861 —
[Front of Marker:] Dedicated April 12, 1996 Carson City Original Station Apr. 3, 1860 - Nov. 20, 1861 by Byron L. & Peggy Clark & Family Bob & Tina McFadden Mae & Jim Thorpe The Bike Smith Betty Young & Erica . . . Map (db m23038) HM
5 Nevada, Carson City — 44 — Carson City
Nevada's State Capital, one of the state’s oldest communities, was established in 1851 as Eagle Station, a trading post and ranch on the Carson Branch of the California Immigrant Trail, by Frank and Warren L. Hall, George Follansbee, Joe and . . . Map (db m20911) HM
6 Nevada, Carson City — 258 — Charles W. Friend House, Observatory, and Weather Station
This is the site of the house and observatory of Nevada’s first weatherman, astronomer, and seismologist, Charles William Friend. Born in Prussia in 1835, Friend immigrated by way of South America to California during the 1849 Gold Rush. In 1867, he . . . Map (db m162166) HM
7 Nevada, Carson City — Chinatown
This site was part of Carson City's Chinatown, which at one time was one of Nevada's largest Chinese Communities. In the 1880 Census Manuscript of Carson City, of the 789 Chinese, 706 were men and of these, 267 were married, 18 were widowed, 391 . . . Map (db m146930) HM
8 Nevada, Carson City — Clear Creek-Kings Canyon Fire
At 4:00 Am September 28, 1926, Fire Broke Out At The Jack Smith Ranch, At The Base Of Clear Creek Canyon.winds, Reversed Itself And Came Down Ings Canyon. It Reversed Itself Again And Raced Up Kings Canyon Once More, Trapping 5 Firefighters Near The . . . Map (db m100249) HM
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9 Nevada, Carson City — 243 — Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight
On March 17, 1897, at an arena located on this site, Carson City played host to Nevada's first world championship prizefight, a fourteen-round thriller in which the reigning heavyweight titlist, James J. "Gentleman Jim" Corbett, was dethroned by . . . Map (db m69690) HM
10 Nevada, Carson City — 77 — Dat-So-La-Lee
“Myriads of Stars shine over the graves of our ancestors.” Dat-So-La-Lee had seen some 96 winters, mostly in Carson Valley, when death came in 1925. She was the last of those Washoe weavers whose ancient art had been practiced by countless . . . Map (db m20801) HM
11 Nevada, Carson City — Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free LandNevada's Liberty Bell Replica
This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was presented to the people of Nevada by direction of The Honorable John W. Snyder Secretary of the Treasury As the inspirational symbol of the United States Savings Bonds Independence . . . Map (db m128551) HM
12 Nevada, Carson City — 76 — Eagle Valley
Centrally located between the first Nevada settlement at Genoa and the precious metal deposits of the Comstock Lode, Eagle Valley, site of present Carson City, was a vital link in land communications. One of the key California emigrant routes, . . . Map (db m20802) HM
13 Nevada, Carson City — 1 — Empire and the Carson River Mills1864 - 1964
When the Comstock Lode was discovered in 1859, the problem of reducing the ore from the fabulously rich Virginia City mines had to be solved. Mills were built in Gold Canyon and Six Mile Canyon. In Washoe Valley, at Dayton, and on the Carson River . . . Map (db m55083) HM
14 Nevada, Carson City — Empire Cemetery
Empire City was a milling town that was established in 1855. As you read this storyboard you are facing east toward Brunswick Canyon. The City of Empire was located to your right about 1/4 - 1/2 mile. At one time Empire City stretched for 3/4 of a . . . Map (db m89601) HM
15 Nevada, Carson City — 75 — Federal Government Building (1888-1970)
This imposing public structure, the former United States Post Office and Courthouse, represents the first federal office building constructed in the State of Nevada. Construction began in late 1888 and was completed in 1891 at a cost of $138, . . . Map (db m101827) HM
16 Nevada, Carson City — 10 — Felice CohnRoad to the 19th Amendment — National Votes for Women Trail —
Lawyer & co-founder Nevada Equal Franchise Society. Wrote Woman Suffrage Bill passed by legislature 1911, 1913 and by voters 1914.Map (db m223604) HM
17 Nevada, Carson City — 194 — Gardner’s Ranch
On this site in the period from 1870 until 1918 stood the ornate two-story home of Mathew Culbertson Gardner, rancher and lumberman. The residence was headquarters for Gardner’s 300 acre ranch in Meadows to the Southward. Here was located, 1870 . . . Map (db m20926) HM
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18 Nevada, Carson City — 193 — Historic Flume and Lumberyard
Approximately one-half mile south of this point and west of the present highway lay the immense lumberyard of the Carson-Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company, the greatest of the Comstock lumbering combines operating in the Lake Tahoe Basin during . . . Map (db m20804) HM
19 Nevada, Carson City — Historic Fraternal Site of Carson City
This block at the historic core of Carson City was the site of many business enterprises since the city's founding in 1858. The longest standing structure was the Odd Fellows Hall. Here for some 95 years the following lodges met at one time or . . . Map (db m89475) HM
20 Nevada, Carson City — History of the Borda Ranch
Originally a Washoe Indian trail, Kings Canyon served as a gateway to Lake Tahoe following the gold rush to California. Eagle Station was established in 1851 near the mouth of the canyon, Dr. Benjamin King built his ranch the next year, and others . . . Map (db m163164) HM
21 Nevada, Carson City — Isaac Evan JamesJanuary 6, 1830 – January 1, 1887
In March 1868 William Sharon of the Bank of California contracted with Isaac Evan James to construct a railroad from the mines of the Comstock Lode to the stamp mills located on the Carson River. Survey work got underway in December and grading . . . Map (db m21338) HM
22 Nevada, Carson City — JC-4 — Johnson Cutoff - Sand Hills
"Continue descending but passing over sandy hills on the south of the road [south of Hwy 50]... Good grass and water 2 miles [to Clear Creek]" - James H. Compton, Sep 20, 1853Map (db m228421) HM
23 Nevada, Carson City — Kit Carson 1843 – 44
Unveiled June 10, 1989 Artist: Buckeye Blake It was the winter of 1843-44 when Kit Carson along with the John C. Fremont expedition worked his way south from Pyramid Lake looking for an easy route across the Sierra Nevada. Carson, depicted . . . Map (db m20897) HM
24 Nevada, Carson City — Lincoln HighwayFirst Marked Coast to Coast Federal Highway
Now: U.S. 50 • San Francisco to Salt Lake City U.S. 30 • Salt Lake City to Philadelphia U.S. 1 • Philadelphia to New York CityMap (db m128552) HM
25 Nevada, Carson City — Logging Wagon
Logging wagon built in 1870 at Bassett Station, Yuba Pass. Used to haul lumber to the Sierra Buttes mines with teams of oxen. Presented to Nevada Day committee in 1950 by Ceasar P. Lombardi.Map (db m163897) HM
26 Nevada, Carson City — 71 — Methodist Church of Carson City
Dedicated in 1867, this church serves a congregation that was organized in 1859 and is often referred to as the “Cradle of Nevada Methodism”. Like many other buildings in Carson City, the stone used in its construction was quarried at . . . Map (db m21240) HM
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27 Nevada, Carson City — Mills ParkCarson City, Nevada Historical Marker
On April 15th, 1951 this 52-acre tract, known as Foley's Woods to Carsonites of an earlier day, was presented to the City of Carson by the Mills family, of San Francisco, for use as a city park. The 52-acre tract embraces the eastern extremity of . . . Map (db m221712) HM
28 Nevada, Carson City — Nevada Pony Express Centennial Reenactment Riders Monument
Honour to the Nevada men who were riders in the July 19 to 28, 1960 Centennial Reenactment of the Pony Express Monument Erected by the Pony Express Club of Nevada National Pony Express Centennial Association Dwight D. . . . Map (db m128554) HM
29 Nevada, Carson City — 72 — Nevada State Children’s Home
The Nevada Orphan’s Asylum, a privately funded institution, was opened in Virginia City May 1867 by Sister Frederica McGrath and two other nuns of the Sisters of Charity. By 1870, most of its functions were taken over by the Nevada Orphans’ Home . . . Map (db m20806) HM
30 Nevada, Carson City — Nevada Viet Nam Memorial
In memory of our Brothers who Never Returned From Republic of VietNam 1954 – 1975 POW – MIA [Column 1:] Perry Richard Clark – LDCR – Navy – Carlin – 31 Aug. 1967 • Whittemore Frederick H. . . . Map (db m21348) WM
31 Nevada, Carson City — 25 — Nevada’s Capitol1864 - 1964
Completed in 1871, Nevada’s splendid Victorian Capitol was built of sandstone from the quarry of the town’s founder, Abe Curry. The octagon annex was added in 1907, the north and south wings in 1915. Notable features are its Alaskan marble walls, . . . Map (db m20812) HM
32 Nevada, Carson City — Olcovich-Meyers House
Olcovich-Meyers House Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior 1874Map (db m21395) HM
33 Nevada, Carson City — Old Globe Saloon
Opened in 1875 on Carson Street by Andrew and Henry Robert, French Canadian brothers. The saloon was closed by prohibition in 1918. In 1951 Bob Golightly, Andrew’s grandson asked Virgil Bucchianeri to reopen the Old Globe. In 1971 the saloon was . . . Map (db m174112) HM
34 Nevada, Carson City — 40 — Ormsby House
Carson Citys first hotel site bought by Major William Ormsby in 1859 from M. Stebbins, completed after his death in the 1860 Indian War. The hotel was the first polling place in Carson City also meeting place of early lawmakers. It was lighted by . . . Map (db m174114) HM
35 Nevada, Carson City — 27 — Pioneer Cemetery
In May, 1860 Major William Ormsby was killed in an ambush by Paiutes at Pyramid Lake. In June, 1860 William Allen, a scout, was the last of some 40 white men killed in the ensuing war. Both were interred here, but Ormsby was later reburied in N.Y.. . . . Map (db m175808) HM
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36 Nevada, Carson City — Pony Express Monument
Carson City, Nevada, was one of the stations along the historic but hazardous 1966 mile Pony Express route between Sacramento Cal. and St. Joseph, Mo. This monument is dedicated July 20, 1960 in memory of the Pony Express, during the epic . . . Map (db m101828) HM
37 Nevada, Carson City — 252 — Rinckel Mansion
Completed in 1876, this palatial residence represents one of the finest and best preserved examples of High Victorian Italianate architecture remaining in the American West. Charles H. Jones, a French-schooled designer, constructed the residence . . . Map (db m21246) HM
38 Nevada, Carson City — St. Charles Hotel
One of the oldest continuously operating hotels in the state. It is composed of two hotels. The three story St. Charles and the two story Muller House next door south. Construction of both buildings took place in 1862 with completion in August of . . . Map (db m23039) HM
39 Nevada, Carson City — St. Peter’s Episcopal ChurchCarson City, Nevada — Nevada Historical Marker —
Construction of this graceful reminder of the churches of old New England began in October 1867. Work was completed in July 1868 at a cost of $5,500. The church was first occupied by its congregation on Sunday, August 9, 1868, with the . . . Map (db m21211) HM
40 Nevada, Carson City — 250 — State Printing Building
Completed in 1886, the State Printing Building is the second oldest structure built by the State within the Capitol Complex. Architects Morrill J. Curtis and Seymore Pixley, designed the Italianate structure to compliment the older State Capitol . . . Map (db m160701) HM
41 Nevada, Carson City — 91 — Stewart Indian School1890 – 1980
Originally known as the Carson Indian Training School. Stewart Indian School, operated by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, provided vocational training and academic education for American Indian students from throughout the west for nearly a . . . Map (db m20796) HM
42 Nevada, Carson City — 175 — Stewart-Nye Residence
This house was built about 1860 of local sandstone for William Morris Stewart who lived here until 1862. He sold it to the Territorial Governor of Nevada, James W. Nye. The two men served as Nevada's first United States Senators after the . . . Map (db m162593) HM
43 Nevada, Carson City — The Foreman-Roberts House
The Foreman-Roberts House Museum Built in 1864, Washoe City, Nev. Moved to this site November 1874 Carson City Historical SocietyMap (db m146954) HM
44 Nevada, Carson City — 259 — The Governor's Mansion
Reno architect George A. Ferris designed this neo-classical mansion, which cost $22,700. It is the only home ever built for Nevada's highest elected official. In July, 1909, acting Governor Denver Dickerson and his wife Una became the first . . . Map (db m89516) HM
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45 Nevada, Carson City — The United States Mint at Carson City, Nevada
The original Carson City building is a formal balanced, sandstone block edifice, two stories high with a centrally located, cupola. The sandstone blocks were quarried at the Nevada State prison. On March 3, 1862, Congress passed a bill establishing . . . Map (db m89543) HM
46 Nevada, Carson City — 196 — The United States Mint Carson City, Nevada
The original Carson City building is a formal balanced, sandstone block edifice, two stories high with a centrally located, cupola. The sandstone blocks were quarried at the Nevada State prison. On March 3, 1862, Congress passed a bill . . . Map (db m89438) HM
47 Nevada, Carson City — This Site
For hundreds of years prior to the White Man the Washoe and Paiute Indians used this site as a recreation area and played a type of ball game here. Later, in the year 1872, the area became the freight vards of the historic Virginia & Truckee . . . Map (db m136166) HM
48 Nevada, Carson City — Tribute to Nevada MinersAdolph Sutro — 1830-1898 —
Adolph Sutro engineered and constructed the Sutro Tunnel. Approximately four miles long, the Tunnel runs in a westerly direction intersecting the Comstock Lode some 1600 feet under Virginia City. The portal is near Dayton, Nevada. The Tunnel . . . Map (db m146900) HM
49 Nevada, Carson City — USS Nevada BB-36
The Channel Marker directly across the Channel marks the location of Nevada Point, where the USS NEVADA, the only battleship to get underway on 7 December, 1941, ended her attempted sortie. Believed to be sinking, and thus in danger of blocking the . . . Map (db m160703) HM WM
50 Nevada, Carson City — 21 — V & T, 1869-1950
This building was headquarters for the fabled Virginia & Truckee Railroad. From Carson City rails extended in three directions: To Virginia City in 1870, to Reno in 1872, and to Minden in 1906. The line to Virginia City was abandoned in 1939; The . . . Map (db m89559) HM
51 Nevada, Carson City — Virginia and Truckee Roundhouse
The quarried sandstone you are looking at came from the Virginia and Truckee Railroad's machine shop and engine house also referred to as "the Stone Fort” or the Carson City/Virginia and Truckee Roundhouse. The Stone was quarried at the . . . Map (db m157591) HM
52 Nevada, Carson City — Washington Elm
— Washington — first took command of the American Army under the grandparent of this elm at Cambridge, Mass, July 3, 1775. Raised an given by Maryland D.A.R. Marked by Nevada D.A.R. This tree is planted as part of the two hundredth . . . Map (db m160564) HM
53 Nevada, Churchill County, Austin — 111 — Edwards Creek Valley
Replacement Marker Abundant grass and brush found near springs and intermittent streams in Edwards Creek Valley were important ecological areas for Native Americans. Shoshone Indians wandered seasonally to gather wild seeds and small . . . Map (db m67146) HM
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54 Nevada, Churchill County, Austin — 135 — New Pass Station
In 1861, the rocks composing the walls of this stage station and freighter stop were in neat rows and roofed with bundles of willow. It was one part of "Stagecoach King" John Butterfield's Overland Mail & Stage Company Road Systems, which at the . . . Map (db m67145) HM
55 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — Beachfront PropertyGrimes Point Archaeological Area
On the mountain slopes in the distance, you can see a series of horizontal lines or terraces etched into the side of the range. These beach lines are left by waves of ancient Lake Lahontan. Over 12,000 years ago, the lake reached a maximum depth of . . . Map (db m165833) HM
56 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — CR-13 — Carson Trail - Junction Wagon & Pack Routes
"We continued on following the river. The main road leaving the river for 12 miles. Over a strip of desert without grass or water the road along the river being a pack route and impracticable for wagons" - Calvin Taylor, Sep 17, 1850Map (db m159073) HM
57 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — CR-12 — Carson Trail - Ragtown
" a collection of tents and canvass shanties, where a tolerable meal can be had at one dollar a head. Whiskey is sold, cards are played, gambling pretty extensively carried on and hay sold" - Henry Sheldon Anable, Sep 1, 1852Map (db m159072) HM
58 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — CON-27 — Central Overland Trail - Cold Springs Station
"Passing out of the canyon we went up [Edwards Creek] Valley between two ranges of mountains ... to Cold Springs where we ... prepared for crossing the sixty mile desert by cutting grass and fillings our kegs with water" - Lumin A. Scott, Aug 29, . . . Map (db m159358) HM
59 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 161 — Churchill County Courthouse
Churchill County was created by the Territorial Legislature in 1861 but attached to Lyon County for judicial and revenue purposes. Churchill County was organized in 1864 and La Plata served as county seat. In 1868, it was moved to Stillwater, . . . Map (db m69686) HM
60 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 17 — Churchill County Courthouse10 W. Williams
In 1903, Senator Warren Williams introduced a bill allowing the county seat to be moved from Stillwater to Fallon. The courthouse was constructed at its present location that same year. The wooden-framed structure of Neo-Classical design was . . . Map (db m70512) HM
61 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — Ensuring SuccessGrimes Point Archaeological Area
According to anthropologists, many hunter-gatherer societies, such as those who lived here, had a spiritual leader called a shaman. During the hunt, the shaman was called on to perform rituals to ensure success. One theory is that some of the . . . Map (db m165835) HM
62 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 202 — Fairview1905 - 1917 — 1-1/2 Miles South —
Fairview was part of the renewed interest in mining. Triggered by the strikes in Tonopah and Goldfield. Discoveries in 1905 of a rich silver float led to a boom that lasted through 1906 and 1907. A substantial town that boasted 27 saloons, hotels, . . . Map (db m67147) HM
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63 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — Fairview Peak Earthquake Faults
When the energy from pressure built up underneath the Earth's thin crust is suddenly released, an earthquake occurs. At first the crust may just bend. But if the stress is great enough, the rocks will break and "snap" to a new position. This usually . . . Map (db m62121) HM
64 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 27 — Grimes PointPrehistoric Rock Art Site
Grimes Point, one of the largest and most accessible petroglyph sites in northern Nevada, contains about 150 basalt boulders covered with petroglyphs. Nevada petroglyphs were of magico-religious significance in insuring the success of large game . . . Map (db m127115) HM
65 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — Grimes Point Archaeological AreaOne of the Most Significant Archaeological Sites in the Great Basin
[side 1] The Cattail-Eater People (Toidikadi) Stillwater Marsh is located in the basin northwest of Grimes Point. When the first non-native explorers entered the area, it was the home of the Northern Paiute people, known as the . . . Map (db m165830) HM
66 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Four Crash Site
On this site, while participating in a training exercise, five U.S. Navy men from Helantisubron Four N.A.S. North Island, California were killed when their SH-3 Sea King helicopter crashed at 1245 on 22 March 1978 HS-4 Black Knights LT C.O. . . . Map (db m192607) HM
67 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 215 — Lahontan Dam
Lahontan Dam, completed in 1915, is the key feature of the Newlands Irrigation Project which has turned Lahontan Valley into one of Nevada's most productive farming and ranching areas. With completion of the dam's powerhouse, the electrical energy . . . Map (db m89515) HM
68 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — Lasting ImpressionsGrimes Point Archaeological Area
The crater-like depressions and elongated grooves, seen on the boulder before you, possibly date back 7,000 years or more. This "Pit and Groove" petroglyph style is believed to be the oldest at Grimes Point. Depressions were made by striking the . . . Map (db m165831) HM
69 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — Measuring Earthquakes
Scientists measure the force of an earthquake in several ways. The Richter Scale and the Modified Mercalli Scale are the two methods most often used to gauge an earthquake's strength and magnitude. The Richter Scale provides an . . . Map (db m62122) HM
70 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 263 — Oats Park School
The Oats Park School was designed in 1914 by Frederick J. DeLongchamps, Nevada's pre-eminent architect of the period. He was also responsible for the 1921 north and south wing additions. This building is one of his earliest, and perhaps, first, . . . Map (db m69683) HM
71 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 24 — Old Post Office90 North Maine
In 1929, this building was deemed a magnificent improvement to the city. Built to U.S. Postal Service standards, this brick structure features massive single doors on either end of a vestibule that protects the inside from the elements. Carved . . . Map (db m142625) HM
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72 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 271 — Pony Express Route1860 - Sesquicentennial - 2010
One hundred and fifty years ago, the Pony Express was founded by W. H. Russell, Alexander Majors and William B. Waddell, operators of the Overland Stage Line of Leavenworth, Kansas. During a visit to Washington, Mr. Russell was urged by California . . . Map (db m69681) HM
73 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 19 — Ragtown
Ragtown was never a town, but the name of a most welcome oasis and hamlet. This mecca on the banks of nearby Carson River received its name from the appearance of pioneer laundry spread on every handy bush around. The Forty-Mile Desert, . . . Map (db m180202) HM
74 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — Rock Art & Game TrailsGrimes Point Archaeological Area
Rock art in the Great Basin has often been linked to prehistoric game trails. While this seems strange for this barren scene, consider what this area was like thousands of years ago. Grimes Point would have been a peninsula surrounded by water, and . . . Map (db m165834) HM
75 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 83 — Rock Creek(Cold Springs Station)
Replacement Marker Rock Creek was an important stagecoach stop on the Overland Mail Stage Company's historic line along the Simpson route between Salt Lake City and Genoa, Nevada, which was operated by John Butterfield (1861-1866) and . . . Map (db m67144) HM
76 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 10 — Sand Mountain
Sand Mountain, dominating the Salt Wells Basin, is a prominent landmark in Nevada's early history. The Northern Piute know it as Kwazi, the name of the snake that inhabits the dune, its backbone forming the crest of the mountain. Captain James . . . Map (db m69653) HM
77 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — Sand Mountain Pony Express StationA Practical Design
Two small rooms at the southwest end of the station were originally one large room and shared a common wood floor. The wall which now separates the two rooms was built on top of the floor some time later. The center room was probably used for . . . Map (db m127117) HM
78 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — Styles of the PastGrimes Point Archaeological Area
While petroglyphs were etched or scratched into the rock surface, pictographs were painted, using natural materials as pigments. One of the oldest petroglyph styles can be seen as circular and wavy lines and may be almost 3000 years old. The . . . Map (db m165832) HM
79 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — Swift Steeds Tie East to West
"The Mail Must Go Through" From April 3, 1860 to November 21, 1861, mail was delivered by the Pony Express between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. It was a relay system between 190 stations along the route. A fresh horse was . . . Map (db m142572) HM
80 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 1 — The Brothers of E.C.V.
Want it known that in the State of Nevada.... This site is dedicated not for it’s historical significance, but for the significance of the genuine gold diggers of Western history... the working girls who made a man forget the back breaking work . . . Map (db m90814) HM
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81 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — The Pony ExpressApril 1860 to October 1861
     Competing with time, distance, harsh climate, and hostile Indians, the Pony Express carried important communications from the East and the West across 2,000 miles in only 10 days.      The "Pony," as it was called, is an outstanding . . . Map (db m67142) HM
82 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — T-3 — Truckee Trail - Forty Mile Desert
"Long before sunrise our teams were on the trail marching forward on the desert. Very little to note save the dust & brightness of the glittering sand. Now & then a grave, little donage & dead stock." - John Clark of Virginia, Aug 21, 1852Map (db m149414) HM
83 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 110 — Wagon Jack Shelter
The ten foot wide flat at the base of the cliff is the site of Wagon Jack Shelter. The name comes from the Shoshone Indian, Wagon Jack, who camped here about 1900, while working on an Eastgate Ranch. He was a leader of Indian rabbit drives in Smith . . . Map (db m69650) HM
84 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — What Are Those Rocks Out There?
Sand Springs Deserved its Name The rocks you see in front of you were once Sand Springs Pony Express Station. The Pony Express ended in November 1861, but this Station was used as a stopover for freight wagons until the late 1800s. It laid . . . Map (db m142573) HM
85 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — Williams Station
Little known at the time, except as a stage stop, Williams Station was destined to be remembered in Nevada history as the incident that ignited the Pyramid Lake War of 1860. Williams Station was named for three brothers, James O., Oscar, and . . . Map (db m168508) HM
86 Nevada, Churchill County, Fallon — 201 — WonderHistoric Mining Camp — 1906 - 1919 — Reported missing
text from: Nevada State Historic Preservation Office Located 13 miles to the north is the camp of Wonder, a major mining center in the early years of the twentieth century. Thomas J. Stroud and several others made the first locations in . . . Map (db m69651) HM
87 Nevada, Churchill County, Hazen — 178 — Hazen
Hazen was named for William Babcock Hazen, who served under General Sherman in his "March to the Sea." The town, established in 1903 to house laborers working on the Newlands Irrigation Project south of here, included hotels, saloons, brothels, . . . Map (db m42328) HM
88 Nevada, Churchill County, Lovelock — 147 — A Home of Early Man
Stretching before you are two vast sinks, terminal areas of the Humboldt and Carson River drainage systems. The marshey remnant of Lake Lahontan, between you and the distant Humboldt Range, served as a life sustaining resource of wildlife for . . . Map (db m67352) HM
89 Nevada, Churchill County, Lovelock — About Your Journey ...
Whichever direction your travels take you, you're going to have a similar experience to what the California-bound emigrants had. You're going to see the same country, except for the towns and the ranch meadows. The big difference, though, is that . . . Map (db m67359) HM
90 Nevada, Churchill County, Lovelock — 26 — Forty Mile Desert
The 40 Mile Desert, beginning here, is a barren stretch of waterless alkali wasteland. It was the most dreaded section of the California Emigrant Trail. If possible, it was traveled by night because of the great heat. The route was first . . . Map (db m67348) HM
91 Nevada, Churchill County, Lovelock — Traveling Through Hell
Look at the barren country south of here just beyond this Rest Stop. This is the Forty-Mile Desert--a barren stretch of waterless alkali wasteland. It was the single-most dreaded section of the entire California Trail from the banks of the Missouri . . . Map (db m67357) HM
92 Nevada, Churchill County, Middlegate — CON-30 — Central Overland Trail - Westgate Station
"We left camp at 6 this morning passed through Middle and West Gate This kanyon that these passes or gates are in is the most beautiful one we passed through yet we have not traveled only 15 miles to day." - Elizabeth Duncan Oct 4, 1867 . . . Map (db m155193) HM
93 Nevada, Churchill County, Middlegate — Middlegate Station
Middlegate was named in 1850 by James Simson as he mapped the route for the Overland Stage Company. In his journal he writes that he thought the cuts in the mountains looked like 'gates' so he named each cut Westgate, Middlegate, and Eastgate to . . . Map (db m89452) HM
94 Nevada, Clark County, Blue Diamond — 142 — Old Spanish TrailMountain Springs Pass
This portion of the Old Spanish Trail was discovered in January, 1830, by Antonio Armijo during his first trip from Santa Fe to Los Angeles. The spring just north of this marker provided excellent water and fed meadows of luxuriant grass for draft . . . Map (db m213760) HM
95 Nevada, Clark County, Blue Diamond — Spring Mountain Ranch
James B. Wilson, a gold miner and veteran of the Civil war, arrived in southern Nevada in 1869. He first started a ranch near the original Las Vegas Rancho, but sold that property. In 1876 he homesteaded the Sandstone Ranch on this location with . . . Map (db m205214) HM
96 Nevada, Clark County, Blue Diamond — 33 — The Old Spanish Trail1829 – 1850
Stretching for 130 miles across Clark County, this historic horse trail became Nevada's first route of commerce in 1829 when trade was initiated between Santa Fe and Los Angles. The trail was later used by the wagons of the "49ers" and Mormon . . . Map (db m29218) HM
97 Nevada, Clark County, Boulder City — Bootleg Canyon
Originally a Native American trail, Bootleg Canyon – also called the Hooch Highway was a well-known backdoor into Boulder City and the Hoover Dam construction site during prohibition. Bootleggers brewed illegal alcohol in stills hidden in . . . Map (db m29324) HM
98 Nevada, Clark County, Boulder City — Civil Engineering Monument of the MillenniumHoover Dam
One of the finest examples of how civil engineering ingenuity shaped the development of society's quality of life in the 20th century.Map (db m31900) HM
99 Nevada, Clark County, Boulder City — Dr. Elwood MeadNamesake of Lake Mead
Born in 1858, Dr. Elwood Mead became a world-renowned water and irrigation engineer. He wrote Wyoming's first water code, the basis for codes throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. He wrote the Carey Act, led . . . Map (db m31902) HM
100 Nevada, Clark County, Boulder City — 6 — Eldorado CanyonHead of Steamboat Navigation in Nevada
Eldorado Canyon runs east from here to the Colorado River and was the site of one of Nevada's mining booms. Prospectors began digging for gold and silver here, about 1859, forming the Colorado Mining District. The three largest mines, the . . . Map (db m29328) HM

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Sep. 23, 2023