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DESERT_090728_18.JPG: Old Spanish Trail
Mountain Springs Pass
This portion of the Old Spanish Trail was discovered in January, 1830,
by Antonio Armijo during this first trip from Santa Fe to Los Angeles.
The springs just north of this marker provided excellent water and fed
meadows of luxuriant grass for draft animals. Two days were required
to travel between Las Vegas and Mountain Springs Pass. The trip was
broken at Cottonwood Springs, the site of Blue Diamond, where an early
start was usually made in order to climb the pass by nightfall. Early
travelers often referred to the area as Piute Springs, but the present
title has been used for over a century. The altitude made Mountain
Springs one of the favorite camping spots on the trail.
State Historical Marker No. 142
Nevada State Park System
Southern Nevada Historical Society
DESERT_090728_26.JPG: Mountain Springs Pass
DESERT_090728_39.JPG: This is the view toward Las Vegas. You'll see a close-up of a spot above the horizon.
DESERT_090728_46.JPG: You can see Las Vegas in the distance. Note the Stratosphere Tower.
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2009 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs. I've also got a Nikon D90 and a newer Fuji -- the S200EHX -- both of which are nice but I still prefer the flexibility of the Fuji.
Trips this year: (1) quick jaunt to Niagara Falls, (2) quick jaunt to New York City, (3) the Civil War Preservation Trust annual conference in Gettysburg, (4) out west for the San Diego Comic-Con and various places, and (5) the Civil War Preservation Trust Grand Review in Springfield IL .
Ego strokes: I had a picture of a Lincoln-Obama cupcake sculpture published in Civil War Times and WUSA-9, the local CBS affiliate, ran a quick piece on me. A picture that I took at the annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium appeared in the National Archives' "Prologue" magazine. I became a volunteer with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Number of photos taken this year: 417,000.