Location: Southern Nye County, Pahrump
Directions: Inside the Southern Paiute Cemetery in Pahrump
(Access via SR 372, then north on S. East St.)
N 36° 12.544 W 115° 59.372
Marker type: St (M)
Date Conquered: 3/14/09
Nearest Intersection: S. East St.
Quick Description: A marker remembering the peacemaker of the Paiute Indians.
Signed: No -- This marker used to be signed along SR 372 with an arrow pointing in the direction of S. East Street! No signs exist today.
NOTES: Finding the cemetery is probably the trickiest thing to conquering this marker. Then again, maybe it's not so tricky if you have my directions.
- Access Pahrump's main intersection at US 95 and SR 372, then head west on SR 372. About 1/4 mile later, look to your right to find S. East St. Southern Cemetery is unmarked from both the highway and S. East Street, so just head north a few blocks until you see the trees of the cemetery. Of course, this is obviously an active cemetery and heavily patrolled. During my last visit, a security officer crawled past me in his pickup as I was taking pictures of the marker. For etiquette purposes, I have to list the importance of being respectful. Chief Tecopa isn't the only one who would appreciate it.
| Notice the flowers vining the marker.|
Nice to see the chief is still well-respected.
Exact description as reads ...
Chief Tecopa was a young man when the first white man came to southern Nevada. As the leader of the Southern Paiute tribe, he fought with vigor to save their land and traditional way of life. He soon realized, however, that if his people were to survive and prosper, he would have to establish peace and learn to live in harmony with the foreigners.
During his life-span, which covered almost the entire 19th century, his energy and time were devoted to the betterment of his people.
Chief Tecopa is honored for the peaceful relations he maintained between the Southern Paiute Indians and the white men who came to live among them.
| This is an odd placement for this marker; in comparison to other cemetery markers that are placed on the cemetery's perimeter,  sits almost right on top of Tecopa's grave.
| Directly behind this marker you'll see this ... |
| ... The shallow grave of Chief Tecopa.|
| Hopefully this was just an "oops" in the spelling.|