Button Point

Humboldt County
  41.01579, -117.57366

"Although the river isn't visible from the rest area, Button Point Rest still provides some comfortable shade and some great views of the surrounding valley. After driving for five straight hours from Salt Lake, Button's a much needed break from these burdening interstate!" -- Journal Entry, February 2008

Button Point Rest Area, 8 miles east of Winnemucca
* Use Exit 187 from I-80. Marker is located at the restrooms. *
This marker shares its site with [22] -- The Humboldt River

Original Date Visited: 2/28/08

Signed: No

  • Marker 164 just east of Winnemucca
  • Marker 164 plaque
  • Marker 164 and the Humboldt River in the distance

Exact Description:
A few houses, a ferry across the Humboldt River and Bridge Street paved with sagebrush stubs comprised the town of Winnemucca in 1873 when Frank Button and his uncle I.V. Button drove cattle into the areas to begin ranching operations in the rich, fertile valleys of northern and eastern Humboldt County.

Using their famous Double Square brand, they raised thousands of fine horses on the 4,000 square miles of ranchland. Although the original ranch was sold in 1884, Frank Button continued his ranching activities in this area and later served as chairman of the board of Humboldt County Commissioners.

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