Jedediah Strong Smith

Jedediah Strong Smith (HM6Z)

Location: Ely, NV 89301 White Pine County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.487', W 114° 50.276'

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Explorer of the Western Wilderness

In May-June, 1827, Jedediah Smith attempted to find a route from California's central valley to the Great Salt Lake Valley in Utah, and he became the first European to completely cross what is now Nevada.

Because Smith's journal and map have never been found, his exact route is unknown. Based on Smith's own statements about his difficult trip, modern Nevada historians and geographers have pieced together the most plausible route. Smith crossed the Sierra Nevada at Ebbetts Pass, swung southeast along or across the headwaters and the middle reaches of Walker River, and passed into central Nevada's trackless waste south of Walker Lake.

He entered Smoky Valley on its southwest side in June, 1827, and crossed the valley in a northeasterly direction. He then paralleled the future Simpson Survey, route of the Pony Express and Overland Stage, along modern U.S. Highway 50.

He entered Utah at Ibapah
HM NumberHM6Z
Marker Number84
Year Placed1970
Placed ByNevada State Park System, White Pine Public Museum
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 9:34am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 686455 N 4351348
Decimal Degrees39.29145000, -114.83793333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.487', W 114° 50.276'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 29.22" N, 114° 50' 16.56" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)775
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 176-238 Lincoln Highway, Ely NV 89301, US
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