Sites have been found indicating Paleo-Indian habitation within the Great Basin. They were small hunting groups following the mammoth, bison, camel and horse herds.
Implements found in this area from this "Great Basin Desert Archaic Period" include milling stones.
The lives of the oldest bristlecone pine trees in the Great Basin National Park began.
The Fremont Culture emerged, leaving behind well-preserved sites indicating agricultural activity as well as hunting and gathering.
Numic-speaking peoples entered the Great Basin -- the ancestors of present day Western Shoshone and the Southern and Northern Paiute peoples.
Escalante-Dominguez party passes through Pahvant Valley near Delta, Utah.
Jedediah S. Smith expedition crosses Great Basin through present-day Millard County on their way to California in search of beaver pelts. In the summer of 1827 they came back in a direct line across Nevada and passed through White River, Spring and Snake valleys.
U.S. Army Captain John C. Fremont expedition encircled the area and reported the internally draining basin as "truly a great basin." His document was the first to explain the many secrets of this land of "contents almost unknown."
Howard Egan first brought livestock into the Snake Range.
Governor Brigham Young designates Fillmore as the capital of Utah.
Construction of Fillmore Statehouse begins. 1853 - Eight members of an exploration team headed by Captain John W. Gunnison were killed at Gunnison Massacre site west of Delta.
Lieutenant Colonel Edward J. Steptoe investigated the Gunnison massacre and named Mt. Wheeler Jefferson Davis Peak.
Martial law was declared at the Fillmore Fort due to conflicts with the Indians which became known as the Walker War.
First wing of Fillmore Statehouse was completed.
Brigham Young sent a group of elders to establish a mission and plant crops in "Grease Wood Valley" (present-day Snake Valley near Garrison, Utah). Ezra Granger Williams was the first of a party to climb to the top of Mt. Wheeler.
Utah capitol moved from Fillmore back to Salt Lake City.
White Mountain Expedition explores the Snake Range (including Wheeler Peak) and other mountain ranges then establish a mission near present-day Panaca, Nevada.
Captain James H. Simpson passes through White Pine County near what would become Schellbourne station. He called Mt. Wheeler Union Peak.
Overland Stage and Mail station built at Schellbourne.
Virginia City rush begins.
Thomas Robinson discovers ore what will become the Robinson Mining District.
Wildens establish Fort Willden at Cove Creek.
Pony Express begins using Schellbourne Station.
Pony Express Service terminated.
First settlers arrive in Snake Valley.
Telegraph runs through Schellbourne Station.
1863 Treaty between the U.S. and the Goshute Shoshone Indians defined the boundaries of the Goshute Reservation
Wildens abandon Fort Willden at Cove Creek.
Fort Deseret constructed.
Deseret Telegraph establishes office at abandoned Fort Willden.
Cove Fort settlers arrive at Cove Creek.
Lieutenant George M. Wheeler began comprehensive survey of southwest starting with Mt. Wheeler which now bears his name.
Mineral City (Lane City) established.
Absolom S. Lehman and Olive S. Lehman settle at 600-acre ranch near Lehman Creek.
Aurum Mining District (silver) established east of Schellbourne.
Leamington, Utah settled.
Gold-bearing quartz rock belt found in Osceola District.
Absolom Lehman's younger brother Benjamin S. Lehman and his wife Mary started a ranch at what is now Baker, Nevada.
Naturalist John Muir explored Nevada and climbed Mt. Wheeler.
It is approximately this time that Absolom S. Lehman is believed to have found and explored Lehman Caves.
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey set up a heliotrope station on Mt. Wheeler.
Aurum Mining District, Nevada abandoned.
White Pine County seat moved from Hamilton to Ely, Nevada.
Town of Baker, Nevada established.
Town of Delta, Utah settled.
Nevada Consolidated Copper Co. begins underground mining in the Robinson District.
First trains arrive in Ely, Nevada.
White Pine County Courthouse construction completed.
Theodore Roosevelt designates Nevada National Forest including land that is now the Great Basin National Park.
Veteran underground mine in Robinson District closes.
Millard County Courthouse erected.
President Warren G. Harding issued presidential proclamation establishing Lehman Caves National Monument.
American Indian Citizenship Act--granted full U.S. citizenship to America's indigenous peoples
Daughters of the Utah Pioneers re-open the Territorial Statehouse in Fillmore, Utah as a museum.
Ely Shoshone Indian Reservation created
Duckwater Indian Reservation created
Topaz Relocation Camp near Delta, Utah holds more than 8,300 Japanese-Americans behind barbed wire "For their own safety."
Utah State Legislature returns to Fillmore Territorial Statehouse for one session to commemorate the centennial.
Kennecott Copper Corporation acquires full ownership of Robinson District mining operations.
Fort Ruby receives designation from the Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark.
Indian Self-determination and Education Assistance Act—began the evolution of tribal self governance
Kennecott Copper Corporation ceases operations in White Pine County.
President Ronald Regan signed the Great Basin National Park Act.
Magma Nevada Mining, Co. purchases Robinson District mining operations from Kennecott Copper.
BHP Billiton merges with Magma Nevada Mining, Co. to become the new owners of the Robinson District mining operations.
BHP Billiton ceases operations in the Robinson Mining District.
Ely Renaissance Society forms in Ely, Nevada and begins transforming the downtown area with murals, sculptures, and historic renovation projects.
The Great Basin Visitor Center is completed near the town of Baker, NV to provide an interpretive center for the entire Great Basin region.
The Ely Renaissance Society purchases the Geraghty Property near downtown Ely, NV and begins renovation of the area now known as "Renaissance Village."
The Nevada Northern Railway - East Ely Yards receive designation from the Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark.
The Nevada Northern Railway celebrates the 100th anniversary of the railroad reaching Ely.
Highway 50 from Millard County, Utah through White Pine County, Nevada receives national designation as the Great Basin National Heritage Route.
The Central Utah Relocation Center (Topaz) receives designation from the Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark.