Pilot Peak
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 40° 50.633 W 114° 12.449
11T E 735421 N 4525180
Nevada State Historical Marker No. 46 is located on the northeast side of Interstate Highway 80 at Exit 398.
Waymark Code: WMF8NX
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 09/10/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member Uncle Alaska
Views: 4

This Historical Marker describes the origin of the name for Pilot Peak.
Marker Title (required): Pilot Peak

Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): 46

Marker Text (required):
The high, symmetrically shaped mountain seen rising to the north is Pilot Peak. In the period 1845-1850, it was a famous landmark and symbol of hope and relief to the Reed-Donner Party and all other wagon train pioneers who traveled the 70-odd miles of deadly, thirst-and-heat-ridden steps across the great Salt Lake Desert. This desert, between the Cedar Range on the east and Pilot Peak on the west, represented the worst section of the infamous Hastings Cutoff of the California Emigrant Trail. The peak was named by John C. Frémont on his expedition of 1845. Kit Carson, the expedition’s guide, sent ahead to locate water, found a line of springs at its eastern base, now known as McKellar Springs. Carson is reputed to have guided the rest of Frémont’s expedition across the Salt Desert by sending up smoke signals from the peak: hence, Frémont’s name for it. During the years 1849-1850, relief parties sallied forth periodically with water from the Pilot Peak Springs to rescue thirst-crazed emigrants and their livestock struggling across the terrible Salt Desert to the eastward.

County (required): Elko

Marker Type (required): Full Size (with blue painted mesh)

Other Marker Type (optional): None

Is Marker Damaged? (required): Yes, bullet holes

Other Damage Type (optional): None

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