Pyramid Lake Overview
This lake is a remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan which covered over 8,500 square miles in western Nevada during the Ice Age.
This marker provides a history of the Numu (Paiute) people and the encroaching settlers.
Nevada Historical Marker Number
Pyramid Lake is Nevada Historical Marker #18.
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Nevada Historical Marker Transcription
America’s most beautiful desert lake is a remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan which covered some 8,4513 square miles in western Nevada during the ice age. Caves and rock shelters along its shore have yielded evidence of Numu (Paiute) people living here for thousands of years.
John C. Fremont came upon the lake on January 10, 1844 and named it for the pyramid shaped island just off the east shore. The Numu call the pyramid formulation Wono. The Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation was created in 1859. The history of the Numu people living here has been one of contention with encroaching settlers. With the Numu victory in the first battle of Pyramid Lake, May 12, 1860 more European American men died than in any prior engagement west of the Mississippi.
Anaho Island, just to the south of the pyramid, was established as a national wildlife refuge in 1913 and is today one of the largest white pelican nesting grounds in North America.
HISTORICAL MARKER NO.18
STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE
PYRAMID LAKE TRIBAL COUNCIL