The Old Spanish Trail - The Journey of the Dead Man
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria
N 36° 39.987 W 114° 31.205
11S E 721633 N 4060736
Quick Description: This Nevada Historical Marker is in a wide pullout on North Moapa Valley Boulevard (NV 169) about 500 yards south of I-15 (Exit 93 - Loganville/Overton).
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 2/19/2018 10:51:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMXRGR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
Views: 5

Long Description:
A tough journey in 1844 but now we don't give it a second thought.
Marker Title (required): The Old Spanish Trail - The Journey of the Dead Man

Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): 139

Marker Text (required):
Early Spanish traders named the fifty-five dry miles separating Las Vegas and the Muddy River the Jornada del Muerto (Journey of the Dead Man). The longest stretch without water along the Old Spanish Trail was littered with the skeletons of animals and parts of wagons abandoned along the sandy desert. Most experienced travelers made the trip at night. John C. Fremont crossed the Jornada in 1844 and commented: "We ate the barrel cactus and moistened our mouths with the acid if the sour dock. Hourly expecting to find water, we continued to press on to midnight, when after a hard and uninterrupted march of 16 hours, our wild mules began running ahead; and in a mile or two we came to a bold running stream (the Muddy River)."


County (required): Clark (Las Vegas)

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

Is Marker Damaged? (required): No

Other Marker Type (optional): Not listed

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URL - Website (optional): Not listed

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wildernessmama visited The Old Spanish Trail - The Journey of the Dead Man 11/7/2019 wildernessmama visited it