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Carson City, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Isaac Evan James

January 6, 1830 – January 1, 1887

 
 
Isaac Evan James Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 25, 2009
1. Isaac Evan James Marker
Inscription. In March 1868 William Sharon of the Bank of California contracted with Isaac Evan James to construct a railroad from the mines of the Comstock Lode to the stamp mills located on the Carson River. Survey work got underway in December and grading began in February 1869. The line had meanwhile been extended to Carson City and was up and running to Virginia City on January 29, 1870.

The Virginia & Truckee Railroad – “Crookedest Railroad in the World” according to many journalists – had a ruling grade of 2.2 percent and a curvature equivalent to 17 complete circles in the 13 ½ mile run to the River. In recognition of his amazing engineering feat, Engine No.9 was named the “I.E. James”.
Dedicated October 31, 6007 (2002)
By Snowshoe Thompson Chapter No. 1827
Ancient & Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus

 
Erected 2002 by Snowshoe Thompson Chapter No. 1827 E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 10.225′ N, 119° 45.226′ W. Marker is in Carson City, Nevada. Marker can be reached from Seely Loop near North Saliman Road, on the left. Touch for map.
Isaac Evan James Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 25, 2009
2. Isaac Evan James Marker
Marker is located at Mills Park next to the train station ticket office and museum. Marker is in this post office area: Carson City NV 89701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nevada Viet Nam Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight (approx. half a mile away); Charles W. Friend House, Observatory, and Weather Station (approx. 0.7 miles away); V & T, 1869-1950 (approx. 0.7 miles away); The United States Mint at Carson City, Nevada (approx. ¾ mile away); Pony Express Monument (approx. ¾ mile away); Federal Government Building (1888-1970) (approx. ¾ mile away); The United States Mint Carson City, Nevada (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carson City.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Nevada’s most famous short line is the Virginia & Truckee Railroad which connected Reno with Carson City, Virginia City, and Minden. It operated for 80 years and was considered Nevada’s Bonanza Railroad. (Submitted on August 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Queen of the Short Lines – The homepage of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Today you can take
V & T Shops in Carson City image. Click for more information.
Historic American Buildings Survey (LOC), June 16, 1882
3. V & T Shops in Carson City
HABS NEV,13-CARCI,6-
Building/structure dates: 1872 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1901 subsequent work
Significance: This large building is the most impressive visible remainder of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, one of the most famous of America's Short-Line Railroads.

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the 35 minute trip from Virginia City to Gold Hill. (Submitted on August 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. Online-Nevada. An online encyclopedia article on the history of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. (Submitted on August 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

4. Online-Nevada. An online-encyclopedia article on “The Bank Crowd”, who were responsible for the building of the V & T Railroad. (Submitted on August 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Comstock Lode
 
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Carson City’s Old Engine House image. Click for more information.
The Western Nevada Historic Photo Collection
4. Carson City’s Old Engine House
The Virginia and Truckee's secondary enginehouse in Carson City. This wooden barn sat at the west end of town, near the corner of Mountain and Caroline. It was used to store locomotives or passenger cars, whatever equipment needed to be kept out of the weather. Here, in its later years, you can see the three-way stub switch poking through the weeds. It was torn down shortly after the line was abandoned in 1950.
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The Lakeview Grade image. Click for more information.
The Western Nevada Historic Photo Collection
5. The Lakeview Grade
The V&T Engine #18, "Dayton", pulls a mixed train up the Lakeview grade out of Carson City on the first leg of its trip to Washoe Valley and Reno.
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The Crown Point Trestle image. Click for more information.
The Western Nevada Historic Photo Collection, circa 1880s
6. The Crown Point Trestle
The Crown Point Trestle crossed the Crown Point Ravine in Gold Hill. It was finished in November 1869, and stayed up until 1936. Here a Virginia City-bound train crosses the trestle in the 1880s.
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The Virginia & Truckee Railroad image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
7. The Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Today, the railroad runs a round-trip excursion trip from Virginia City to Gold Hill and back.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,597 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   7. submitted on August 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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