Leaving the River, Climbing the Hill

Leaving the River, Climbing the Hill (HM1JG8)

Location: Carlin, NV 89822 Elko County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 42.046', W 116° 7.859'

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By the time emigrants reached this spot, they had enjoyed fairly good traveling for the past ten days or so, as they followed the Humboldt River road. But here they faced their first big physical challenge along the route. If they stayed along the river, they would soon come to Palisades Canyon, which was too narrow for wagons to travel through it. The only choice was up.

After leaving the Humboldt River near here, emigrants had to travel 18 steep miles — following the approximate route of I-80 up over ridges and down canyons — until they reached the Humboldt again at Gravelly Ford. This short hop of 18 miles can be traveled in 20 minutes or so today, but it the 1850s and 1860s it was one more hardship for teams and trekkers, out of many already experienced and many more to come. When the California bound emigrants reached this point it was usually during the hot, dry summer months of July and August. By this time they had completed three quarters of their 2,000-mile trek between the Missouri River and California and had been traveling for over four months... but the worst part was still ahead of them.
HM NumberHM1JG8
Placed ByDepartment of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management & State of Nevada
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Date Added Friday, March 6th, 2015 at 9:03pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 573415 N 4505903
Decimal Degrees40.70076667, -116.13098333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 42.046', W 116° 7.859'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 42' 2.76" N, 116° 7' 51.54" W
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Area Code(s)775
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Tamero Rd, Carlin NV 89822, US
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