Arrowhead Trail II

Las Vegas & Clark County
  35.99732, -114.96248

"It's good to see that another marker has gone down in vain especially with how far I have driven. #197 conquered." -- Journal Entry, March 2009

Original Directions (as stated by the SHPO): "Located at the junction of U.S. Highways 93-95, 2.5 miles south of Henderson, Nevada."
New Directions:
551 Mission Drive, Mission Hills Park -- Henderson

Original Date Visited: 3/15/09

Revisited: 5/16/13

Signed: No

Welcome Back, Old Friend: May 2013

Finally, after two decades of its sudden disappearance, [197] Arrowhead Trail II has been found ... in one way or another! Thanks to avid explorer Justin Pulsipher we would've never known of its current home. [197] was originally placed at an easy crossroads that was well-visible at the crossroads of US 93 and US 95, 2.5 miles south of Henderson at the Railroad Pass Casino. All good things came to an end when NDOT commenced expansion on the highways in 2008 and in the pattern of things, little to no thought was given in re-erecting the marker. [197] fell to the proverbial wayside.

Justin unknowingly wandered upon two newly-constructed markers located behind the tennis courts at Mission Hills Park in east Henderson. How he found these he still isn't sure, but upon further examination he contacted me to confirm whether or not these two "landmarks" were indeed brand new versions of the long-lost blue standard marker titled "Arrowhead Trail II." Needless to say, I was elated to see that such a long-forgotten marker has been alive and well in this suburban park. I made a few calls to Clark County Parks to found out whether these markers were constructed rather recently and indeed they were ... "a few years ago, maybe 2011." So the question is why didn't the public receive word of them? It's likely the original marker was destroyed upon road construction while the plans and blueprint of the marker made it back to the SHPO. It's possible the plans for Arrowhead Trail were referenced by the Clark County Historical Society; this process would allow a party to promote new construction of the marker, with backing and support from the SHPO. Needless to say, this boat load of red tape made it possible for full resurrection of long-lost [197].

The lack of traditional font on the plaque means this replacement marker was probably promoted by the Clark County Historical Society, funded by the SHPO, and built by an area Las Vegas private contrator. So then, how about that conquering? Finding this marker is quite easy. From Henderson, head south out of Henderson on the Henderson Freeway (I-515) to Mission Drive. Exit at Mission Drive and proceed 1/4 mile to the park on the right. Find the marker on the corner just as you pull into the parking lot. For those of you wondering, I managed to make a few calls inquiring of this marker's strange placement. As it were, the powers that be were aware of its new home at Mission Hills Park, but had no idea the "contractor put it behind the tennis courts." Don't we love the bundled red tape of Nevada's historical markers?

Thanks go to Justin Pulcipher for the finding and proper GPS for this marker!

Exact Description:
Although the original plaque was likely destroyed, the original description as found by the SHPO was copied from the original and added to the new marker! ...

The name, "Arrowhead Trail" likely originated from the former San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake Railroad, which had an arrowhead for a logo. Prior to 1850, New Mexican trading caravans from Santa Fe en route to Los Angeles used this segment of the Old Spanish Trail.

Heading south along this trail toward Bishop Mountain, travelers turned through El Dorado pass, and continued to Nelson, Searchlight, Nipton, Wheaton Springs, and on to San Bernardino.

This section of the trail was popular as an early automobile road (1916-1924) connecting Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. Local communities along the route promoted its construction and the tourism possibilities of Southern Nevada, including the nearby Valley of Fire, Nevada's first state park.

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 [168] -- Arrowhead Trail (1914-1924)   [195] -- The Last Spike   Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada State Parks)  

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