Verdi in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
In 1860, a log bridge was built across the Truckee River near where Verdi is now located. Known as O’Neils Crossing, the site served as a stage stop during the 1860’s on the heavily travelled Henness Pass Turnpike and Toll Road and the Dutch Flat and Donner Lake Road.
In 1864, the Crystal Peak Company laid out a town on the site some two miles from Verdi’s present location. The company owned mining and lumber interests near the settlement which was then called Crystal Peak.
Verdi remained an active lumbering center into the twentieth century due to the exertions of men like Oliver Lonkey of the Verdi Lumber Company. A disastrous fire in 1928 plus depletion of timber reserves resulted in Verdi’s decline.
Erected by Nevada State Park System & National Society Daughters of the American Colonists.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Colonists, and the Henness Pass series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
Location. 39° 30.966′ N, 119° 59.612′ W. Marker is in Verdi, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Street and Crystal Peak Park Road, on the left when traveling west on 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Verdi NV 89439, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Truckee Trail - Last Crossing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Inyo Marble Works (approx. ¼ mile away); The Great Train Robbery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Henness Pass Road O'Neill Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crystal Peak Toll Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Verdi Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Von Schmidt (approx. ¾ mile away); Henness Pass Road (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Verdi.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 555 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 3. submitted on April 28, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.