Old Boundary (Nevada's Southern Boundary 1861-1867)

Nye County
  36.98318, -116.72456

"I'm sure my viewers are going to get tired of my ideas for RE-locating markers! I can't help it, though. Unfortunately, this one is one of the more boring markers to conquer in Nevada ... complete with a lovely dirt view and little else. For this one, I have nothing, but I'm sure I'll have some more later." -- Journal Entry, October 2008

Along US 95, 6 miles north of Beatty

Original Date Visited: 10/18/08

Signed: No

Notes: No, this isn't a typo. The State Historical Preservation Office catalogs this marker as [58], but they also failed to update the marker as it appears on the plaque: "State Historical Marker 57." [57] is actually 150 miles to the east in Lincoln County. This was also one of thirty markers that was re-vamped in 2015 in celebration of "Battle Born, 150th: A State Sesquicentennial" (as evident by the campaign's logo on the plaque).

  • [57] Marker 57
  • [57] Marker 57 is one of two markers that represent the state southern borders before its expansion
  • [57] Marker 57 just outside of Beatty

Exact Description:
[Same text as [57] in Lincoln County]
The 37th degree north latitude is marked at this point as the dividing line between the Territories of Utah and New Mexico under the provisions of the Compromise of 1850 which originally organized the land ceded by Mexico in 1848.

When the Territory of Nevada was carved from western Utah in 1861, this line became the southern boundary of the new territory and continued to serve as such when the Territory and State were enlarged by extensions to the east in 1862 and 1866 respectively.

In 1867, the Nevada Legislature approved the action of Congress to add that portion of the Territory of Arizona which lay to the south of this line, west of the 114 degree west longitude and the Colorado River, and to the east of the boundary of California. This action, taken on January 18, 1867, gave to the State of Nevada the permanent boundaries as they are today.

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