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Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Virginia and Truckee Railroad

“Do it at once”

 
 
Virginia and Truckee Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2011
1. Virginia and Truckee Railroad Marker
Inscription.  “Do it at once” was the order given to I. E. James by William Sharron to build the V & T Railroad.

Construction to Carson City was completed in November 1869. By November 1871, Reno was connected to Carson City thus establishing a shipping route from the Comstock to the Union Pacific. The V & T was to become known as “the richest railroad in the world.”

On May 31, 1950 the V & T ceased operations.
 
Erected 1997 by Julia C. Bulette Chapter No. 1864, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1944.
 
Location. 39° 18.661′ N, 119° 38.898′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is at the intersection of E Street and Union Street on E Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ships of the Nevada Desert (here, next to this marker); Chinatown (within shouting distance
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of this marker); African Americans and the Boston Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary Louise Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Red Light District (within shouting distance of this marker); C & C Mining Works (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Brewery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Big Bonanza (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the grounds of the Comstock History Center. On the opposite side of the monument is the "Ships of the Nevada Desert" marker.
 
Also see . . .  The History of the Crookedest Short Line in America, the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. (Submitted on August 5, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
 
Virginia and Truckee Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2011
2. Virginia and Truckee Railroad Marker
The Comstock History Center image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2011
3. The Comstock History Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 675 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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