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Fernley in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Rush to the River

 
 
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Snowshoe Thompson Chapter No. 1827 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, April 7, 2019
1. Rush to the River Marker
Inscription.  Emigrants headed for Stephens Pass and the California gold fields — dry and dirty from long, punishing water-short days on the 40-mile Desert to the northeast — rushed train by train to the “Big Bend” of the sparkling pure Truckee River at the nearby Wadsworth townsite. Then known as the lower emigrant crossing, the “Bend” was once a Paiute seasonal village site, later Drytown and now Wadsworth. John Fremont camped near the “Bend” January 16, 1844 and passed by here on his 1845 expedition. The Central Pacific Railroad reached the Wadsworth-Fernley area in 1868 building eastward. The nation’s first reclamation project, the Newlands Project of the early 1900s, turned Fernley Valley to the south into a verdant agricultural area.

Dedicated by Snowshoe Thompson Chapter No. 1827 E Clampus Vitus August 28 1982
 
Erected 1982 by E Clampus Vitus Snowshoe Thompson Chapter No. 1827.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 16, 1844.
 
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39° 36.331′ N, 119° 14.254′ W. Marker is in Fernley, Nevada, in Lyon County. Marker is on E Main Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is in front of the Fernley and Lassen Railway Depot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 675 E Main Street, Fernley NV 89408, Fernley NV 89408, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. America's First Transcontinental Highway (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wadsworth (approx. 2.8 miles away); The First Drink of Cold Water (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway (approx. 5.3 miles away); Olinghouse (approx. 5.3 miles away); Truckee Trail - River Crossings (approx. 5.3 miles away); Hazen (approx. 10˝ miles away); Lahontan Dam (approx. 13.2 miles away).
 
Fernley and Lassen Railway Depot image. Click for full size.
Snowshoe Thompson Chapter No. 1827 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, April 7, 2019
2. Fernley and Lassen Railway Depot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 7, 2019, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California.   2. submitted on April 7, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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