14-Aug-2005 -- I was driving back toward Arizona from a hiking trip near southern Lake Tahoe when I noticed that this confluence - 38 N 118 W - was nearby a paved Nevada state highway. So on the spur of the moment I made a very simple side trip off of my main route, US-6, to bag this confluence. In Esmeralda County I went south off of US-6 onto NV-773, drove about a mile and stopped when I was very close to the 38th parallel. Then it was a very easy walk about 100 feet east to the confluence. I zeroed the values in seconds and took the required photos. I actually visited the confluence twice as my camera's batteries died on me while shooting the photos, so I trekked back to my truck to replace them, and back to the confluence. A cairn set up by a past visitor still sits. I zeroed my GPS at a point a bit to the southwest - maybe a few feet at most.
Afterwards I drove on into Tonopah for a breakfast and from there on down to the Las Vegas area to visit with my folks.
Esmeralda County is Nevada's least populated county, with about 800 people. The county seat is Goldfield, which at one time was Nevada's most populous city in its early mining hey-day. Nowadays Goldfield is essentially a ghost town, kept alive to tend to the basic duties of running a county. Some stately old buildings in various stages of disrepair still line Goldfield's main street. There are a few other tiny towns in Esmeralda County. It boasts (so it says) the world's largest lithium mine near Silver Peak. Most people come to Esmeralda County to climb the state's highest peak, Boundary Peak, elevation 13,140 feet.