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Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Elko County

California Emigrant Trail Near Wells Nevada
First there was the California Emigrant Trail...
where wagon trains rested and refitted at Humboldt Wells (now named Wells)
5 August 2010

Ranch House Resort and Motel on Old US 40 in Wells, Nevada
Then there was the Victory Highway (State Route 1)...
which became a section of the Lincoln Highway,
the first paved road to cross the United States...
which was renamed US 40...
which in the town of Wells intersected US 93
to bring tourists and gamblers from California and Idaho and Utah

18-Wheelers Dominate I-80 in Nevada
Then There Was I-80...
where 18-wheelers pass just south of Wells racing between California and Utah

All Photos Summer 2010
(Click Photos to Zoom)

The route of Interstate 80 was first used by California-bound travelers and was called the California Trail. From the Utah State line until modern Wells, I-80 follows a lesser used branch of the trail called Hastings Cutoff. The cutoff rejoins the main route of the trail near Wells. The main route of the California Trail is approximated by modern State Route 233 in eastern Nevada.

From Wells west to Lovelock in Pershing County, I-80 faithfully follows the California Trail. West of Lovelock, in the middle of the Humboldt Sink, the California Trail again splits into two branches. These branches, the Carson River route and the Truckee River route, are named for the waterways that guide each branch up the Sierra Nevada mountains. I-80 follows the Truckee route, the Carson route is approximated by U.S. Route 95, U.S. Route 50, U.S. Route 395 and State Route 88/California State Route 88.

The route of modern I-80 was also previously used for the construction of two transcontinental railroads. The First Transcontinental Railroad, completed in 1869, closely followed the main line of the California Trail, and I-80 west of Wells. The Feather River Route was constructed in 1909, and generally follows the Hastings Cutoff through eastern Nevada. It also runs parallel to I-80 in Nevada east of Winnemucca.

Source: Wikipedia Interstate 80 in Nevada

For more about the history of Wells, see As The Tale Is Told.

Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Elko County
Sequenced By Name
(Click a Column Heading to Resequence)
Name Year Address City Authority Number
California Trail (Carlin Canyon)Old US 40Carlin CanyonPOI39
CarlinWest Hamilton and B StreetsCarlinNevada112
Carlin CanyonOld Highway 40 (Chestnut Street) About Three Miles East of CarlinCarlin CanyonNevada50
ContactHighway 93ContactNevada260
Diamondfield Jack Davis1385 US 93 JackpotNevada251
Dinner StationState Route 225Dinner StationNevada244
Duck Valley Indian ReservationState Route 225OwyheeNevada151
ElkoEast Idaho Street in City ParkElkoNevada106
Elko County Courthouse571 East Idaho StreetElkoNational1992001259
Elko Main Post Office275 ThirdElkoNational1990000133
Fort Halleck Military Reservation (1867-1886)I-80 at Halleck InterchangeHalleckNevada47
Gold Creek Ranger StationForest Service Road NF-056 Near Gold Creek RoadHumboldt National ForestNational1992001187
Humboldt WellsI-80 at Union Pacific Railroad OverpassWellsNevada45
JarbidgeChildren's ParkJarbidgeNevada69
Jarbidge Community HallMain StreetJarbidgeNevada153
Lamoille Organization Camp Right Fork of Lamoille Creek at End of FS Road 122Ruby Mountains Ranger District Humboldt - Toiyabe National Forest National2007000553
Lamoille ValleyState Route 227LamoilleNevada109
Midas SchoolhouseSecond Street Two Blocks East of MainMidasNational2004000727
Oil From ShaleWest Idaho Street Between Hot Springs Road and Mountain City HighwayElkoNevada229
Pilot PeakI-80, About Ten Miles West of WendoverWendoverNevada46
Ruby Valley Pony Express Station1515 East Idaho StreetElkoNational1975001110
Ruby Valley Pony Express Station1515 Idaho StreetElkoNevada108
Terminus of the First Commercial Air Mail RouteMurray Way and Mountain City HighwayElkoNevada107
TuscaroraSR 226 at Midas-Tuscarora RoadTuscaroraNevada48
Unknown SoldiersSR 233 at Cemetery RoadMontelloNevada73
West End of Hastings CutoffI-80 Exit 292HunterNevada3

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