Loran Station Searchlight Nevada

Nevada's Historic & Miscellaneous Places

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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.

Loran Station Searchlight Nevada

 

All 24 LORAN (Long Range Aid to Navigation) Stations ceased transmitting on February 8, 2010 due to budget cuts and the changing technology, namely GPS (Global Positioning System) satellites.

 

There were two LORAN stations located in Nevada, one in Fallon and one 13 miles south of Searchlight. The Searchlight, NV station started broadcasting signals in 1976 as part of the west coast chain of signaling stations used by boats and ships for navigation. People would have triangulated the signals from the LORAN stations in Searchlight and Fallon to calculate their position at sea. Today, the same information is available instantly with GPS.

 

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Photo 1 is a satellite view of the Searchlight LORAN Station showing the antenna array in place. Courtesy of Google Earth.

 

In 2012 we visited the area behind the LORAN Station looking for a rock art site that was supposedly in the area. We drove past the station and at that time the antennas and buildings were still in place, but I decided not to go into facility because of the “NO Trespassing” signs. When we went back in early 2014, the buildings and signs were still there, but the antenna array was gone. It was also evident that nobody was paying attention to the signs because of all the ATV tracks. I did walk the road and photograph the exterior of the station starting at the front of the building going clockwise around it. As much as I would have liked to photograph the interior, I decided not to push my luck to see if any of the doors were unlocked.

 

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