Board seeks final approval for Fremont Lookout

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Updated: 1/20/2014 10:20 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — John Fremont would finally have a major geographic feature named for him in Nevada under a proposal approved by a state board.

The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names last week unanimously voted to name a Lyon County peak where the 19th century explorer known as The Pathfinder might have stood as Fremont Lookout.

The panel's recommendation now goes to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names for final action.

Former Nevada state archivist Guy Rocha says Fremont is deserving of the honor because of his historic 1843-44 expedition that took him across the West, including portions of Nevada, California and Oregon.

He says it's "highly probable" that Fremont stood on the west rocky point of Churchill Butte on Jan. 20, 1844, to gain a view west of the Sierra Nevada above Carson City.

Historians seek to name that 5,801-foot point for Fremont, who crossed the snowbound Sierra near California's Carson Pass a month later.

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