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Right you are Rocky! Nice place you would like to explore at any pace. After exploring most options to connect to either the Marines or other historical approach circling past Lost Canon Peak and on to Sonora Pass.
I end up some 42 miles later at the camp full of simple gear. Whether legitimate hunter's camp or poachers, I don't care. Rather than take anything I left them a gift hung where the mice wouldn't get it.

Awesome. I guess now you know that possible trail is non-motorized. How close where we to one of the trailheads?
 

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Kris, where we turned around in a meadowy bowl to escort bananachunks back to highway we were very close. Trail head should be a hundred yards further or so on far side of meadow and accessed of course by the one road fork we did not explore. :rolleyes:
Looking on Google Earth as usual revealed more road and trails I did not explore. Tried riding north into Slinkard Valley to connect to the ORV trail that extends up through the Antelope Wildlife Preserve to Monitor Pass above Topaz Lake but a locked gate 3 miles in killed that idea. Here are a few pics from internet of what I missed. slinkard valley.jpg . slinkard v2.jpg
 

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History Lesson

Have mentioned both the Six Day Group Ride and this trip ended in the shadows below Lost Cannon Peak but never explained the historical significance.
Refers to a 12-pounder cannon lost by the John C. Fremont and Kit Carson 1883-1844 expedition of discovery Their names adorn many a modern feature in the state and Fremon't favorable report helped influence the later ceeding of Alta California and other stuff ( Texas) from Mexico in 1848 for $15 million...one year before discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill...Sorry about that Mexico.
Anyways the 223 pound barrel of the bronze mountain howitzer was found near Deep Creek and West Carson River some years ago and now is on display on a recreation of the carriage used. fremont6.jpg

Diary entrees indicate the cannon was used a few times:

Theodore Talbot, June 15, 1843: “Our cannonier was very successful in practice with the Howitzer, striking a post 4 feet high at nearly a quarter of a mile with a bomb shell.”
Charles Preuss, Aug. 10, 1843: “Shooting buffalo with a howitzer is a cruel but amusing sport.”
Fremont, Dec. 10, 1843: “I directed the howitzer to be fired. It was the first time our guides (Walla Walla Indians) had seen it discharged; and the bursting of the shell at a distance, which was something like the second fire of the gun, amazed and bewildered them with delight.”


Anyways a recreation of the Fremont Cannon is the trophy for the annual University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada Las Vegas football game being played today. It has modern collegiate meaning to the students but few know of the actual history.
So I share it here so you all will know more than the college kids.
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Anyways the trophy recreation of Fremont's Cannon in this long standing rivalry between the two schools was fired at the games after each touchdown. Flaming paper wadding was known to have hit a few players. Then Los Vegas fans dropped and damaged the cannon in 2000 so it is not safe to fire anymore.:( At least they are not using the howitzer to shoot buffalo anymore.

The winner still gets to drag cannon back home and paint the carriage the respective team colors....red for Lost Wages or blue for Reno.
Since 2000 replica has gotten some carved graffiti: "University of Notta Lotta Victories" followed by revenge graffiti "University of Northern Rejects"
General Fremont went on to become the first presidential candidate for the newly formed Republican Party in 1856.
Kit Carson went on to become an Indian Agent and later brevet Brigadier General helping suppress the Navajo, Mescalero Apache, Kiowa and Comanche peoples by destroying their food sources during the Civil War.
 

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Approximate location of where cannon was abandoned during an 1844 snow storm. Was fun recently riding there on the full moon but area just got buried by a 2019 snowstorm. Minus 2 degrees there today at dawn...I would have left the cannon behind too. lost_canyon.jpg

I just may have to go back next summer and try for the summit of Lost Cannon Peak. CragLostCan03.jpg
 

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Guess I can stop looking for that cannon now.:)
In other news Las Vegas won 33-30 in overtime against Reno so the re-creation's gun carriage spokes will remain painted red.
 
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