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Cover photo: Ruby Mountains from the north valley.

Back cover photo: Pond in Ruby Marshes.


Janet and Cindy for putting up with our ideas and projects. Paul Sawyer, Great Basin College Media Services (cover design), and BLM personnel for looking over our manuscript.

Authors’ Notes

This book is the second in a series of four guides to aid commentaries on the emigrant roads across Nevada. Each book uses a Nevada town as a starting point.

The series is designed and written to help people appreciate the California Emigrant Trail, which follows alongside and sometimes beneath Interstate 80 across Nevada. Because of Nevada’s rich historical tapestry, these books also cover other historical information besides the emigrant trails.

We have one goal in mind, to get people to visit the Nevada countryside. There, they can appreciate both its wild nature and its historical depth. Hopefully, readers will use this guide to visit trail sites, gaining an understanding of the rich heritage of Nevada and the opening of the American West.

The tour in this book is meant to guide readers to important, specific sites along the trail. It is not meant as a guide to follow the California Trail across the vastness of Nevada. With this in mind, the easiest route has been used to access each historical site. There may be other ways of getting there, perhaps by using a more historic route, or one approaching the site from the same direction as most emigrants did. Again, our system is to get people there using the easiest possible route.

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