Gardnerville in Douglas County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The road cost $585,000. Toll receipts were $190,000 in 1863. Heavy eastward travel occurred in 1860 to 1868. The toll for a wagon and four horses was $17.50 round trip from Shingle Springs, California, to Henry Van Sickle's Station near the foot of the grade. Van Sickle, who helped finance the road, eventually acquired it and sold it to Douglas County in 1889 for $1000.
Horse-drawn water carts sprinkled summer dust, and sleds packed winter snow, providing a year-round hard-surfaced road.
Pony Express and the line of the Humboldt & Salt Lake Telegraph Company followed Kingsbury Grade.
Erected by Nevada State Parks System and Carson Valley Historical Society. (Marker Number 117.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 57.93′ N, 119° 50.381′ W. Marker is in Gardnerville Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1734 Foothill Road, Gardnerville NV 89460, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Cary Mill (a few steps from this marker); The Demise of Sam Brown (approx. half a mile away); Walley's Hot Springs (approx. 1.1 miles away); Carson Trail - Hot Springs (approx. 1.1 miles away); Carson Valley (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hiram Mott (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mottsville (approx. 2.4 miles away); Hanging Tree (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gardnerville.
Also see . . .
1. Henry Van Sickle Station. The Van Sickle Ranch also served as a Pony Express Relay Station. (Submitted on August 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (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 this marker for grammar, readability, (Submitted on October 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,120 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 4. submitted on August 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.