Pilot Peak

Pilot Peak (HM19ZY)

Location: West Wendover, NV 89883 Elko County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 50.636', W 114° 12.448'

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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 deadly, thirst and heat-ridden miles of the Great Salt Lake Desert. Across this desert, between the Cedar Range on the east and Pilot Peak on the west, stretched perhaps the worst section of the infamous Hastings Cutoff of the California Emigrant Trail.

The peak was named by John C. Fremont 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 Fremont's expedition across the salt desert by sending up smoke signals from the peak; hence, Fremont's name for it.

During the years 1847-1850, relief parties sallied forth periodically with water from the Pilot Peak springs to rescue and succor the thirst-crazed emigrants and their livestock struggling across the terrible salt desert to the eastward.
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HM NumberHM19ZY
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Marker Number46
Placed ByNevada State Park System and Northeastern Nevada Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 8:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 735423 N 4525186
Decimal Degrees40.84393333, -114.20746667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 50.636', W 114° 12.448'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 50' 38.16" N, 114° 12' 26.88" W
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Area Code(s)775
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12 Pilot Rd, West Wendover NV 89883, US
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