Wabuska in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
In 1881, the town served as the principal Mason Valley supply and distribution center on the newly constructed narrow-gauge Carson and Colorado Railroad. The railroad was purchased and standard- gauged by the Southern Pacific in the period 1900-1905. Tonopah and Goldfield mining booms greatly increased freight and passenger traffic.
When copper was discovered in Mason Valley, the town became the northern terminus of the new Nevada Copper Belt Railroad, built 1909-1911. Wabuska waned with declining mining activity in the 1920's.
Nevada State Park System
Erected by Nevada State Park System. (Marker Number 113.)
Location. 39° 8.617′ N, 119° 10.907′ W. Marker is in Wabuska, Nevada, in Lyon County. Marker is on Alternate U.S. 95 one mile north of Sierra Way, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yerington NV 89447, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Buckland's Station (approx. 11.1 miles away); Bucklands Station Famous Historical Point (approx. 11.1 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is located the across the street from Linda's Bar, the only retail establishment in Wabuska.
Also see . . .
1. Wabuska Railroad Station, by the National Park Service. On Wabuska's station: "The Wabuska remained in active service until declining freight and passenger service forced the station to close in 1979. Instead of demolishing the vacant depot, the Southern Pacific donated it to the Nevada State Railroad Museum. In 1983, the depot was moved to the museum complex in Carson City and restored."
2. The Wabuska Station. The railroad statin at Wabuska was moved to the Virginia & Truckee historical railroad facility in Carson City Nevada. This site gives some details as well as a photo of the station building.
3. New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of each individual marker on its website and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Minor changes have been made to the marker for grammar, readability, and content. The marker now says that Wabuska is perhaps a Washoe Indian term for white grass. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text.
Additional keywords. mining
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