“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wabuska in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)


Wabuska Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
1. Wabuska Marker
Wabuska (the Washoe Indian term for White Grass) was first established in the early 1870's as a station on the stage and freight road from Wadsworth on the Central Pacific to the roaring mining camps of Aurora, Bodie, Candelaria, Columbia and Belleville.

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.

State Historical Marker No. 113
Nevada State Park System

Erected by Nevada State Park System. (Marker Number 113.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1881.
Location. 39° 
Wabuska Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
2. Wabuska Marker - Wide View
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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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yerington NV 89447, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Miller & Lux Ranch Pizen Switch Holdings (approx. 4.9 miles away); Yerington Grammar School #9 (approx. 10.8 miles away); Mason Valley Telephone and Telegraph Co. (approx. 10.8 miles away); Leavitt Building & Masonic Hall (approx. 10.8 miles away); Buckland's Station (approx. 11.1 miles away); The Longest Ride (approx. 11.1 miles away); Bucklands Station Famous Historical Point (approx. 11.1 miles away); Crossing Paths (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. National Park Service entry:
"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." (Submitted on February 15, 2010.) 

2. The Wabuska Station. Flickr entry:
The railroad statin at Wabuska was moved to the Virginia & Truckee historical railroad facility in Carson City Nevada.
Wabuska - view west from the marker site image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
3. Wabuska - view west from the marker site
This site gives some details as well as a photo of the station building. (Submitted on November 13, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 

3. Wabuskq: New Amended Text for Marker. Nevada State Historic Preservation Office entry:
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. (Submitted on November 12, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
Additional keywords. mining
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,181 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on February 18, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 15, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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