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Petroglyphs 2017-06-13T11:37:19+00:00

Grimes-Point.girl-studyingGrimes Point showcases several different styles of petroglyphs and rock surfaces upon which they are etched. The various patinas are evidence of chemical changes in the rocks over time. After a petroglyphs is etched into the rock, the newly exposed scar is lighter than the original surface. Over time, the petroglyphs will eventually patinate and be as dark as the original rock surface. Some of the petroglyphs are darker than others. These are probably older than the lighter ones.

Deciphering the meaning of petroglyphs is often difficult. Many scientists and archaeologists disagree on their meaning; but it is generally acknowledged that the petroglyphs at Grimes Point are not a form of writing. Whether they depict constellations, hunting areas, or markers of another kind, Grimes Point offers a must-see window into the past.

petroglyphs-21It is also important to remember that the environment at Grimes Point was much different 8,000 years ago. As you look at the mountain ranges in the distance, you’ll notice a series of horizontal lines or terraces etched into the side of the range. These scars are results of waves from ancient Lake Lahontan that once covered most of the area. The maximum depth of the lake was 700 feet, covering Grimes Point. By the time human population moved into the area, Grimes Point was above water.

Grimes Point also can be a vista of contrast. Standing on the trail and looking out over the valley, it is fun to imagine what the landscape looked like to ancient peoples. As you imagine a fresh water lake filled with fish and ducks and waterfowl swimming under the shade of cottonwood trees, you may look over-head to see an F/A-18 Hornet from NAS Fallon making a sweeping turn in the sky. From the past to the present in the blink of an eye.

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The Best Little Museum on the Loneliest Road in America

The Churchill County Museum and Archives is one of the finest small museums in the western United States.

In 2010, the museum completed a major project to enhance the facility’s lighting, completely changing for the better the presentation of exhibits and displays, and improving the visitor experience.

The museum added 6,750 square feet of exhibit space in 2004, adding to the 14,000 square feet of existing space for exhibits, artifacts, and detailed displays.

The museum showcases the lifestyles of Native Americans who inhabited the area years ago, and events that took place in Fallon and Churchill County that were of national importance!  You’ll see reminders of the hardships settlers and emigrants endured crossing the infamous “40-Mile Desert,” the most treacherous part of the trail west.  The museum also has an intricate, hands-on display of the Lahontan Valley wetlands and watersheds, including a representation of the 1902 Newlands Reclamation Project.

The Churchill County Museum also offers a Museum Store where you can find a wide selection of gift items and books that reflect many aspects of Nevada.  Call them at (775) 423-3677 or visit them on the web at www.ccmuseum.org.

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Tours: Second and fourth Saturday of each month beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the museum.

Location: 1050 S. Maine St., Fallon, NV  89406, (775) 423-3677, fax (775) 423-3662, web address: www.ccmuseum.org

Events

Upcoming Events

Jul
4
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10:00 am 4th of July Parade & Picnic @ Churchill County Fairgrounds
4th of July Parade & Picnic @ Churchill County Fairgrounds
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
4th of July Parade & Picnic @ Churchill County Fairgrounds | Fallon | Nevada | United States
This event includes everything a real 4th of July Celebration should have: a parade, fireworks, games, activities for all ages, and food. The parade starts at 10:00 am and travels through town, with the picnic festivities starting at 10 am ending at 3 pm at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. For a parade entry form call[...]
Dec
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5:00 pm New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Bonfire @ Churchill County Fairgrounds
New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Bonfire @ Churchill County Fairgrounds
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm
New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Bonfire @ Churchill County Fairgrounds | Fallon | Nevada | United States
December 31,  Churchill County Fairgrounds These annual fireworks were started by the Millennium Commission in 2000 to celebrate the New Millennium.  The City of Fallon has continued the tradition every year at dusk on New Year’s Eve. Parking and seating is available at the Churchill County Fairgrounds.  The gates will open the at 5 p.m. and fireworks[...]
Jul
4
Thu
10:00 am 4th of July Parade & Picnic @ Churchill County Fairgrounds
4th of July Parade & Picnic @ Churchill County Fairgrounds
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
4th of July Parade & Picnic @ Churchill County Fairgrounds | Fallon | Nevada | United States
This event includes everything a real 4th of July Celebration should have: a parade, fireworks, games, activities for all ages, and food. The parade starts at 10:00 am and travels through town, with the picnic festivities starting at 10 am ending at 3 pm at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. For a parade entry form call[...]
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Rock Hounds

You’ll find geodes, volcanic wonder stone, stickleback fish fossils and other interesting rocks in and around Fallon. Just east of Fallon near Hazen is Red Mountain where fossilized leaves are common.

Hours: March–November:  Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
December–February:  Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Established: July 4, 1968

New Addition: 6,750 sq. ft. added to 14,000 of existing exhibit space.

New Features: An expanded gift shop and new lighting and displays.

Admission: Free!

Oldest Building in Fallon: The Woodliff Novelty Store, now located at the museum.