|Nevada Historical Marker #152|
"Situated between Black Rock Desert on the east and Smoke Creek Desert on the west, the townsite of Gerlach lies in country long occupied by prehistoric man. John C. Fremont traveled through Northern Paiute Indian lands, when he camped here in 1843 and named "Boiling Spring" 1/4 mile north of town. This is also emigrant country; the Noble Road left the Applegate-Lassen Trail at Black Rock Springs, went past this site and southward through Smoke Creek Desert toward Susanville. The town was established when the Western Pacific Railroad was constructed in Nevada 1905-1909. It still functions as a railroad division headquarters. [S.R. 447 in Gerlach (Washoe)]"