Potosi Mountain (Nevada)

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Potosi Mountain
Mount Potosi from east 1.jpg
View from the east
Highest point
Elevation8,517 ft (2,596 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence3,012 ft (918 m) [2]
Coordinates35°57′56″N 115°30′05″W / 35.965497708°N 115.501504986°W / 35.965497708; -115.501504986Coordinates: 35°57′56″N 115°30′05″W / 35.965497708°N 115.501504986°W / 35.965497708; -115.501504986[1]
LocationClark County, Nevada, U.S.
Parent rangeSpring Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Potosi

Potosi Mountain is a mountain about 30 miles (50 km) southwest of Las Vegas in the Spring Mountains, in Clark County of southern Nevada.

Potosi Mountain was the site of the TWA Flight 3 air crash that killed 22 passengers, most notably the actress Carole Lombard, on January 16, 1942.[3]

The Geographic Names Information System lists two variant names for the location: Double Up Mountain and Olcott Peak.[4]

Carobeth Laird ("The Chemehuevis," 1976) described the giant cave of Potosi Mountain as a place used for vision quests by the great Chemehuevi shaman of the mid-19th century, O-omposi, for whom the mountain is named. The name, "Potosi," from the Quechua language, is the name of the mountain in the Bolivian Andes which was the location of a world-famous silver mine. Early settlers in southern Nevada hoped that Mount Potosi in Nevada would yield as much silver as Mount Potosi in Bolivia (George Urioste, PhD, professor emeritus, Andean Anthropology, UNLV).

Potosi Mountain broadcasting facility[edit]

Potosi Mountain serves as a major FM broadcast transmitter site for Las Vegas, with 7 full power FM stations transmitting from the top of Potosi, along with 1 FM Translator.[5] The stations are KNPR 88.9, KCNV 89.7, KOMP 92.3, KYMT 93.1, and KXPT 97.1 all licensed to Las Vegas, KFRH 104.3 licensed to North Las Vegas, and KXTE 107.5, licensed to Pahrump, Nevada. A translator, K276BL, also operates from up here on 103.1, simulcasting KSOS 90.5 from Las Vegas. KXTE was the first tenant to broadcast from the top of the mountain and the first station in the United States to transmit in HD Digital.[6]

There is also an amateur television repeater, with the call sign N7ZEV, located here.[7]

Along with FM transmitters, NOAA All Hazards Radio station WNG634 on 162.400 MHz, which is managed by the NWS Office in Las Vegas, NV, is located here as well.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Olcott". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey.
  2. ^ "Potosi Mountain, Nevada". Peakbagger.com.
  3. ^ Morrison, Jane Ann (15 December 2013). "Author gives new insight into death of actress Carole Lombard". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Potosi Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  5. ^ "FCCInfo Search Results". FCCInfo.com.
  6. ^ "Mount Potosi, Las Vegas, Nevada". Fybush.com.
  7. ^ "Southern Nevada Repeater List" (PDF). Amateur Electronic Supply.
  8. ^ "NOAA Weather Radio Station WNG634". National Weather Service.
 9.  Laird, Carobeth, "The Chemehuevis,"  Malki Museum Press, 1976.
 10.  Urioste, George, PhD, professor emeritus, Andean Anthropology, UNLV, Dec. 2019

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