Lamoille Valley

Elko County
  40.72797, -115.47863

"Now only if we can get one for Lamoille Canyon. I'm wondering if this marker would be better placed on the road leading to Lamoille Canyon. On the one-mile stretch of road just before the canyon mouth, there is a nice and picturesque patch of valley that would look great as a setting for this marker, and in my opinion, would better symbolize its text. As it is now, I actually needed a double-take to spot this one." -- Journal Entry, May 2008

Along SR 227 in Lamoille, 20 miles south of Elko

Original Date Visited: 5/15/08

Signed: No

  • [109] Marker 109 in sleepy Lamoille
  • [109] Marker 109 plaque
  • [109] Marker 109
  • [109] Marker 109
  • [109] Marker 109

Exact Description:
Because heavy use denuded the grass from the main Fort Hall route of the California Emigrant Trail along the Humboldt River, many emigrants left the river near Starr Valley. They skirted the East Humboldt Range and the Ruby Mountains along a Shoshone Indian path, rested their livestock in Lamoille Valley, and returned to the Humboldt River.

John Walker and Thomas Waterman first settled the area in 1865. Waterman named the valley after his native Vermont. In 1868, Walker erected the Cottonwood Hotel, store and blacksmith shop in the valley, and the settlement became known as "The Crossroads." Here wagons were repaired and food and supplies could be obtained. The original buildings and the more recent 20-bedroom Lamoille hotel, creamery, flour mill and dance hall are gone.

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