Nevada Rock Art Geocaching Historical Markers

Historical Marker #3

Located on Interstate Highway 80, ten miles west of Elko at Hunter Interchange.

West End of Hastings Cutoff

Across the Humboldt Valley southward from this point, a deeply incised canyon is seen opening into the valley. Through that canyon along the South Fork of the Humboldt ran the disaster-laden route called the Hastings Cutoff. It joined the regular Fort Hall route running on both sides of the Humboldt here.

The canyon was first traversed in 1841 by the Bartleson-Bidwell Party, the earliest organized California emigrant group. In 1846 Lansford Hastings guided a party through this defile of the South Fork and out along the Humboldt. The ill-fated Reed Donner Party followed later the same year.

By 1850 the dangers of the cutoff route were recognized and it was abandoned.

Notes on this marker:

This was unexpected, we stumbled on this while picking up the virtual Geocache here.

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