November 23, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - On his historic 1843-44 expedition across the West, John Fremont named some prominent features in what became Nevada, including Pyramid Lake and the Humboldt and Walker rivers.
Now the explorer known as The Pathfinder could have a geographic feature in the state named after him for the first time.
The Historical Society of Dayton Valley is pressing the Nevada State Board on Geographic Names to designate a low mountain along the Carson River about 25 miles east of Carson City as Fremont Lookout.
Society members Guy Rocha and Stony Tennant say their extensive research shows Fremont stood atop the mountain on Jan. 20, 1844 to gain a view west of the Carson Range above Carson City.
Fremont and his California-bound party crossed the snowbound Sierra near Carson Pass a month later.
The state board will consider the request May 14.