Big Smoky Valley

Big Smoky Valley (HM1OL3)

Location: Round Mountain, NV 89045 Nye County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 46.991', W 117° 10.517'

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Named for its hazy distances, this valley has seen a parade of famous men and stirring events.

Prior to the white men, the valley and its bordering Toiyabe and Toquima Ranges were favorite Shoshone haunts.

Jedediah Smith, intrepid trapper and trail-blazer, was the first white man here. Crossing the valley's southern end from the west in 1827. In 1845, came John C. Fremont, accompanied by such figures of the American West as Kit Carson and Basil LaJeunesse.

In 1859, Captain James Simpson located the "Central Route" across the valley's northern end. Thus began the historic decade 1859-1869, which saw Chorpenning's Jackass Mail, The Pony Express, The Overland Telegraph, and the Concord Coaches of the Overland Mail and Stage Co. crossing the valley

Silver strikes at Austin (1862-1863) initiated the valley's first mining boom. Numerous bustling mining camps sprang up: Bunker Hill, Kingston, Geneva, Santa Fe, Ophir Canyon, Jefferson, etc.

Following the 1900 Tonopah silver strike, mining surged again. During this interlude, two new towns - Manhattan and Round Mountain - started with a brief revival of many earlier camps.
HM NumberHM1OL3
Series This marker is part of the Pony Express National Historic Trail series
Marker Number42
Placed ByNevada State Park System
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 9:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 484775 N 4292731
Decimal Degrees38.78318333, -117.17528333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 46.991', W 117° 10.517'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 46' 59.46" N, 117° 10' 31.02" W
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Area Code(s)775
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near NV-376, Round Mountain NV 89045, US
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