Clark Mts 1 - Spanish Arrastra

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The Southwest, including Southern Nevada, has a significant amount of Native American Petroglyph / Rock Art Sites. Our web site will concentrate on the rock art of Southern Nevada which extends back over 1500 years, and was typically created by either the Paiute, Shoshone, Chemehuevi, or the Anasazi people.

 

Preservation through Education

 

We believe that rock art on public lands does not - and should not - belong to just a few select people or groups.  However, due to the fragile nature of many rock art sites, it is not realistic to have a large number of people visiting most of them. What we are attempting to do with our website is to provide visual access where those with the interest or the curiosity can go to see and appreciate a small piece of Native American history. Our beliefs are that by educating people to the historical significance of the rock art, people will be more inclined to respect, and preserve, the sites for the enjoyment of everyone for a long, long time.

Clark Mts 1

 

Mining in this section of the Clark Mountains has been going on since the days of Spaniards, as evidenced by the Arrastra in Clark Mountains 1. Probably before and after the Spanish explorers where there, the area was home to Native Americans.

 

A Spanish Arrastra is something that you don’t come across very often and the only other one that I have seen is the one at the Gold Butte Townsite. The Arrastra was a primitive mill for grinding gold or silver ore.

 

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