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Basso states that the name was derived from biblical sources.
- Rufus Wood Leigh, "Nevada place names: their origin and significance", 1964
- Dave Basso, "Ghosts of Humboldt Region," p. 5, 1970.
- Variant: Ashkelon. Citation: "Leigh, Rufus Wood. 'Nevada Place Names,' Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1964, 149 pp. Gives historical background on place names in Nevada. p27"