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Historic Winnemucca courted the railroad

Winnemucca owes much of its existence to the fact it was a place where travelers could easily cross the Humboldt River. Trapper Peter Skene Odgen was the first non-American Indian to visit the area during his trek through Nevada in 1828. Later, it was the site of a ferry crossing because it was one of the few dependable fords across the Humboldt. In 1853, a trading post was established on the banks of the river to provide supplies to travelers heading to California. Within a short time, a small settlement developed around the post, which became known as “Frenchman’s Ford” …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Oct 31, 2013 07:59PM Published Oct 31, 2013 07:59PM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.