Nevada: A Guide to the Silver State

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Chronology
1775 First attempt was made to find a route north of Colorado River
between Santa Fe and California missions.
1826 Jedediah Strong Smith with a party of fifteen men crossed
Nevada near Las Vegas from the Great Salt Lake.
1827 Jedediah Smith and his party returned from California, crossing
the center of what became Nevada.
1828 Peter Skene Ogden, heading party of Hudson's Bay trappers,
trapped on Mary River, later Ogden, now Humboldt.
1833- Joseph Walker led a group from Captain Bonneville's party
'34 along the Humboldt on a secret reconnaissance of California.
1841 The Bartelson-Bidwell party, including one woman and a child,
crossed Nevada by the way of the Humboldt, Carson Sink, and
Walker River.
1843 Immigrant party led by Joseph Walker through Walker Pass
took first wagons across the Sierra.
In December Lieutenant John C. Fremont entered Nevada from
Oregon with Kit Carson as guide; he discovered and named
Pyramid Lake and Carson River before crossing into California.
1844 In April and May Fremont party returned across southern
Nevada through what is now Clark County.
The Stevens-Townsend party led by Old Greenwood, went
down Humboldt with wagons, the first taken across what be-
came Donner Pass.
1845 Captain John C. Fremont crossed Nevada again, this time from
east to west in a general line running from Flowery Lake to
Walker Lake.
1846 The Donner Party, traveling along the Humboldt and Truckee
Rivers, made its ill-fated trip, following on the heels of Lansford
W. Hastings and party. The Hastings party left the Hum-
boldt somewhere near Wells.
1847 Mormon immigrants reached Salt Lake Valley in July and sent
two parties to California, one under Jefferson Hunt, the other
under Porter Rockwell, to buy seed grain and cattle. They
went south through Utah and then followed the Old Spanish
Trail. House possibly erected at Kane Springs, Wahmonie, near
Salt Lake-Los Angeles Trail.
1848 On February 2, by Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, Mexico ceded
to the United States a great region in which was the present
Nevada.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Maps xiii
  • General Information xv
  • Part I - Nevada's Background 1
  • The Silver State 3
  • Natural Setting 6
  • Plant and Animal Life *
  • First Nevadans 22
  • Wilderness to Modern State *
  • Mining and Mining Jargon 55
  • Ranching and Stock Growing *
  • Stock Jargon 75
  • Press, Church, and School 79
  • The Arts *
  • Sports and Recreation 107
  • Part II - Touring the State *
  • Part III - Appendices 287
  • Chronology 289
  • Supplementary Reading List of Nevada Books 297
  • Index Principal Reference First 305
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