The First Drink of Cold Water
This portion of the California Trail along the Truckee River represents a transitional area for the emigrants - the end of relentless dust and heat, but the beginning of the last great challenge - crossing the Sierra Nevada. Going up the Truckee River canyon was not an easy task. The wagons would have to cross the river more than 30 times along a rough route with steep banks and fast water before the travelers reached the meadows near present-day Reno. Those who had opted for the Carson River route at beginning of the Forty-Mile Desert had an easier time for wagons, with only a few crossings of the Carson
"I was over come and tired out, I would travel a little and I would lay down on the sand and rest and
the sun shining on me, There is no timber thare I though I would never get through and I laide down
to kick the bucket; but I thought of home and it give me a little more grit and I would get up, and
stager along. I was so thirsty my tonge and lips cracked and bled but I was able to get to the water
and after drinking a little - I dare not drink much - I felt better." - Andrew Orvis, 1849
Erected by Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 36.189′ N, 119° 20.183′ W. Marker is in Wadsworth, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker is on Interstate 80, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wadsworth NV 89442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Wadsworth (approx. 3.6 miles away); Rush to the River (approx. 5.3 miles away); America's First Transcontinental Highway
More about this marker. The marker is about 50 feet east of the restrooms at the Wadsworth Rest Stop Area (Westbound).
Also see . . . Follow The California Trail Corridor Across Nevada (travelnevada.com). (Submitted on December 23, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 23, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.