Eastern Mojave Vegetation Nevada State Route 225 “Mountain City Highway”  
 

Tom Schweich  

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• Idaho State Highway 51:   at NV 225;  

Junction: Idaho State Route 51

Idaho Above


Nevada below.

 

 

Locations: Owyhee.  

Owyhee

 

Locations: Duck Valley Indian Reservation.  

Duck Valley Reservation above



Humboldt National Forest below

 

 

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   3 May 2024;

Locations: Mountain City.
Full Size ImageEntering Mountain City.  

Mountain City

In 1870, Mountain City was made after a silver mine was found in the area. Over a thousand people lived in Mountain City until the silver eventually ran out. Causing the town to lose over a thousand people. In 1879, copper was found at one of the mines North-East of Mountain City. People came rooling back in, causing a Boom Town, and played out until the copper eventually ran out.

A post office was established at Mountain City in 1870. The community was descriptively named on account of the natural surroundings of its elevated town site.

Due to its small size, Mountain City is classified by some writers as a ghost town.

As 2023, no new buildings or places have been built or constructed for Mountain City. The local-town bar has been keeping Mountain City alive for 20 years. The Duck Valley Indian Reservation Council fires anyone who goes to or is seen coming out of the bar.

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Mountain City.

Locations: Yankee Bill Gulch.  

Junction: National Forest Developed Road 16, east then north about 6.5 miles in the direction of Yankee Bill Gulch.

 

 

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• Field Notes:   3 May 2024 - Rio Tinto;

Locations: Patsville. Rio Tinto.
Full Size ImageGeneral view of the Rio Tinto area.  

Patsville

Junction: Road to Rio Tinto

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Rio Tinto behind a locked gate.
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General View of Mt. City Copper Co.'s New Camp of Rio Tinto, Showing Mill and Mine Buildings on Right and New Apartments on Left.
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View southeast from Rio Tinto to the Wild Horse Range.
Rio Tinto is a copper mine that was active from 1932 until the late 1970s.
 

Junction: Nevada State Route 11A

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   3 May 2024 - Owyhee R.;

Locations: Owyhee River.
Full Size ImageOwyhee River in the canyon.  

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Owyhee River in the canyon.
 

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• Field Notes:   3 May 2024;

Locations: Wild Horse Dam.
Full Size ImageSign for Wild Horse Dam.  

Wild Horse Dam

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Water spilling over Wild Horse Dam.
 
 

Humboldt National Forest above


 

Junction: FR037 “Gold Creek Road”, on the west to Wild Horse State Recreation Area, to the east into the mountains.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   3 May 2024;

Locations: Wild Horse Reservoir.
Full Size ImageWild Horse Reservoir with Independence Mountains.  

Wild Horse Reservoir

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Mertensia oblongifolia at Wild Horse Reservoir.
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Wild Horse Reservoir with Independence Mountains.
 

Locations: Hot Creek.  

Cross Hot Creek at an embayment of Wild Horse Reservoir

Locations: Owyhee River.  

Cross Owyhee River.

 

 

Locations: Wild Horse.  

Wild Horse

Currently occupied by the Wild Horse Ranch & Resort. History unclear.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   3 May 2023;
Full Size ImageWild Horse and Reservoir ahead.  

 

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• Field Notes:   at divide;
Full Size ImageSnake River - Columbia Basin ahead  

Snake River, Columbia Basin above


North of Four Mile Creek and south of Delaware Creek is the divide between N. Fork Humboldt River of the Great Basin to the south and Owyhee River of the Snake-Columbia basin to the north.
Humboldt River, Great Basin below

Locations: Independence Mountains.  

Junction: National Forest Road 473, west through the Independence Mountains to NV SR 226 at Jack Creek.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   3 May 2024;
Full Size ImageIndependence Mountains from just north of North Fork.
Full Size ImageDrainage divide ahead at the red arrow.  

Junction: North Fork Charleston Road.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   3 May 2024 - North Fork;

Locations: North Fork.
Full Size ImageNVDOT North Fork Maintenance Yard.  

North Fork

Listed as a populated place by GNIS. GoogleEarth images show a ranch headquarters with three houses and a couple of barns.

Locations: North Fork Humboldt River.  

Cross North Fork Humboldt River.

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• Field Notes:   at North Fork;

Locations: Laing Ranch.
Full Size ImageLaing Ranch with Independence Mountains in the background.  

Laing Ranch

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   3 May 2024;

Locations: Holland Ranch.
Full Size ImageHolland Ranch across the North Fork Humboldt River.  

Holland Ranch

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Mailbox of the Holland Ranch.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   3 May 2024;
Full Size ImageView of highway to the north.  

Slope overlooking North Fork.

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• Field Notes:   3 May 2024;

Locations: Foreman Creek.
Full Size ImageUnnamed ranch at Foreman Creek.  

Foreman Creek.

Locations: Sheep Creek.  

Cross Sheep Creek.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   3 May 2024;

Locations: Haystack Ranch.
Full Size ImageHaystack Ranch on Sheep Creek.  

Haystack Ranch

Locations: Pie Creek.  

Cross Pie Creek.

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  20240503020;
Full Size ImageNV 225 crosses Pie Creek.  

 

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• Nevada SR 226:  90000;  

Junction: Nevada State Route 226

Other articles:
• Field Notes:  20240503020;
Full Size ImageIndependence Mountains to the northwest.  

View of the Indepencence Mountains to the northwest.

 

 

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• Field Notes:   3 May 2024;

Locations: Adobe Summit.
Full Size ImageLooking north from Adobe Summit.  

Adobe Summit

Pass through the Adobe Range. From the main part of the Humboldt River drainage into the Susie Creek drainage (joins the Humboldt River at Carlin), then along Dorsey Creek to North Fork of the Humboldt River.

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Adobe Summit, about where the downgrade warning sign is.

Other articles:
• Interstate 80:   at Exit 301;  

Junction: US Interstate 80, at its Exit 301.

Other articles:
• Idaho Street:  30000;  

Junction: W. Idaho Street

Other articles:
• Idaho Street:  35000;
• Nevada Highway 227:  Elko;  

Junction: Nevada State Route 227, 5th Street
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Date and time this article was prepared: 7/13/2024 8:12:49 AM