We Made It! The End of the Great Basin Historical

We Made It! The End of the Great Basin Historical (HM1UMF)

Location: Minden, NV 89423 Douglas County
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N 39° 0.231', W 119° 50.748'

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Genoa - Mormon Station

—California Trail —

You're now standing at the western edge of the Great Basin. If you were an emigrant headed to California, you would have entered the Great Basin 450 miles back along the trail in southern Idaho, or 500 miles back in Salt Lake City if you had taken the Hastings Cutoff.

The mountains in front of this sign, separating you from California and its promise of gold or land, are only 200 yards away. After making it this far, you would have experienced a tremendous feeling of accomplishment - you had reached the last great physical barrier standing between you and your long dreamed-of goal. Yet, looking up at the foothills of the mighty Sierra Nevada, you might also have wondered if you, your animals, and your wagon had enough remaining strength to cross these mountains.

Many emigrant parties rested in at this place, letting their animals eat the lush grass and regain their strength before pushing over the Sierra Nevada. At the little store that has been preserved here, emigrants could purchase or trade for supplies. From here the trail goes south to the headwaters of the Carson River, and then west over the mountains into California.

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Oxen Cattle used as draft animals. Especially suited for pulling heavy loads, they cost less than mules, were able to live off trailside grasses, and were less likely to be stolen by native bands.

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Pack Train A few emigrants used pack mules to carry their belongings along the trail. They had the advantage of speed over the slower-moving wagons, but provided no shelter from the elements.
Series This marker is part of the California Trail series
Placed ByUS Bureau of Land Management, State of Nevada
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 253569 N 4321057
Decimal Degrees39.00385000, -119.84580000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 0.231', W 119° 50.748'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 0' 13.8600" N, 119° 50' 44.8800" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)775
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 106-112 NV-206, Minden NV 89423, US
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