56 Virgin Valley

on Interstate Highway 15 in Mesquite, Nevada

Famed western explorer Jedediah Smith visited Virgin Valley in 1826. Captain John C. Frémont passed through here in 1844.

The valley served as the right-of-way for the Old Spanish Trail (1829-1848) and for the Mormon Road or southern route of travel to southern California.

The area was settled by pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who colonized Bunkerville in 1877 and Mesquite in 1880.

The Virgin River provided water for the development of the valley’s agricultural resources.

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