NV-147 A Home of Early Man

Marker text: I-80 and US 95 at the Trinity Rest Area

Stretching before you are two vast sinks, terminal areas of the Humboldt and Carson River drainage systems. The marshey remnant of Lake Lahontan, between you and the distant Humboldt Range, served as a life sustaining resource of wildlife for prehistoric man lived by its shores. Generations occupied caves located on the lower slopes of the distant range.

Scientific archeological excavation reveals that Lovelock and Ocala caves served as homes to man from 2,000 B.C. to about 1840 A.D. What he left behind tells of a successful adaptation of his culture to a lakeside environment.

Nearby Leonard Rock Shelter, with human occupancy dating from 5,000 B.C. is a National Historic Landmark.

State Historical Marker No. 147.
Nevada State Park System.
Churchill County Museum

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