Wagon Jack Shelter
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 39° 18.145 W 117° 53.012
11S E 423819 N 4350709
Quick Description: History sign along Nevada Hwy. 722 near Eastgate.
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 4/17/2017 7:20:57 PM
Waymark Code: WMVGVA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
Views: 3

Long Description:
History sign near Eastgate about Wagon Jack Shelter.
Marker Title (required): Wagon Jack Shelter

Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): 110

Marker Text (required):
The base of this cliff is the site of Wagon Jack Shelter, excavated in 1958 by Robert F. Heizer and Martin A. Baumhoff through the University of California, Berkeley. The archaeologists named the shelter in honor of Wagon Jack, a Western Shoshone Indian who may have camped here while working at the Eastgate Ranch around 1900. Wagon Jack was purportedly a rabbit boss, leader of communal jackrabbit drives, in neighboring Smith Creek Valley. A curved wall formerly extended from the cliff face and probably represented the perimeter of a prehistoric brush-covered shelter. A variety of chipped stone projectile point styles were recovered from this site reflecting a succession of prehistoric cultures. Eastgate Series arrow points were first described from these Eastgate archaeological sites. Bones of bighorn sheep dominated the animal remains accompanied by a few deer and pronghorn bones. Four stone tools of fragments of tools were associated with grinding seeds, pennants, and other dried foods. A radiocarbon date from the bottom of this site indicates occupation beginning around 3,150 years ago.


County (required): Churchill

Marker Type (required): Full Size (with blue painted mesh)

Other Marker Type (optional): NA

Is Marker Damaged? (required): No

Other Damage Type (optional): NA

URL - Website (optional): Not listed

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