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

Old Boundary Nevada

Old Boundary Nevada Overview

Starting in 1850, the 37th degree north latitude, marked at this point, was the dividing line between the territories of Utah and New Mexico.

In 1861 it became the southern boundary of the Nevada Territory.

Nevada State Historical Category


Nevada State Historical Marker Type

Blue marker

GPS Coordinates

37.044596, -114.984411

Nevada Historical Marker Number

Old Boundary Nevada is Nevada Historical Marker #57. (Although there is confusion between this one and marker #58 – I will clarify once I visit each and not rely on hearsay.)

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Lincoln County, Nevada

Nevada Historical Marker Transcription

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 west longitude and the Colorado River, and to the east of the boundary of California. This action, taken on January 18, 1867, gave the state of Nevada the permanent boundaries as they are today.



Nearby Historical Markers

Lincoln County is home to fourteen Nevada Historical Markers. As we visit each we will link the articles below for you to learn more about the history of the site the marker represents.

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  1. #203 Bullionville 
  2. #205 Crystal Springs 
  3. #55 Culverwell’s Ranch 
  4. #90 Delamar 
  5. #206 Hiko 
  6. #204 Jackrabbit 
  7. #58 Old Boundary (Nevada’s Southern Boundary 1861-1867) 
  8. #38 Pahranagat Valley 
  9. #39 Panaca 
  10. #93 Panaca Mercantile Store 
  11. #160 Panaca Spring 
  12. #182 Panaca Ward Chapel 
  13. #5 Pioche 
  14. #249 Union Pacific Depot – 1923 

References Used

Old Boundary Nevada