Fort McDermitt

Humboldt County
  41.94294, -117.70751

"That massive cone-shaped peak in the distance marks a view into Oregon ... Disaster Peak and the desolate Jordan Valley. Welcome to the Beaver State. No coastal views here." -- Journal Entry, August 2009

US 95 and "Reservation Road," 3.5 miles south of McDermitt

Original Date Visited: 8/28/09

Signed: NDOT highway signage; northbound lane of US 95

  • Marker 144 and the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation in the b.g.
  • Marker 144 plaque
  • A view north into Oregon and tiny McDermitt on the horizon

Exact Description:
Established in 1865, it was first called Quinn River Camp No. 33 (on the East Fork) then renamed in honor of military District Commander Lt. Col. Charles McDermitt, who was killed by Indians. Typically, the fort consisted of several adobe, stone and frame buildings surrounding a square. Its purpose was to protect the Virginia City-Quinn River Valley-Oregon Road. Twenty-four years of operation made it the longest active Army fort in Nevada. Its troops participated in the Modoc War and the Bannock and Shoshone Indian troubles. It was the last of the Nevada Army posts in service when converted into an Indian reservation school in 1889.

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 [47] -- Fort Halleck   [146] -- McDermitt Indian Reservation   [162] -- Camp McGarry 

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