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Dayton in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Chief Truckee

 
 
Chief Truckee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
1. Chief Truckee Marker
Inscription. The legendary Paiute Leader; friend and guide to pioneers; breveted a "Captain" by John C. Fremont; gave his name to a valley, river and town; died near here in 1860.

Dedicated July 20, 1974
By E Clampus Vitus

             Julia C. Bulette Chapter 1864
   Snowshoe Thompson Chapter 1827
              Chief Truckee Chapter 3691
                                       (Total 7382)
 
Erected 1974 by E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 14.149′ N, 119° 35.367′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Nevada, in Lyon County. Marker is on U.S. 50 near Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 US 50, Dayton NV 89403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); Dayton (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinatown (within shouting distance of this marker); Carson & Colorado Railroad (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Portrait of Chief Truckee image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
2. Portrait of Chief Truckee
Mounted on the rock, directly above the marker, is this portrait of Chief Truckee.
Union Hotel & Post Office (about 300 feet away); Nevada Added Station (about 400 feet away); Odeon Saloon - Billiard Parlour Dayton Lodge No. 5 I.O.O.F. (about 500 feet away); Hall's Station (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted a large rock just down the street from the intersection of Main Street and US 50.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chief Truckee. The E Clampus Vitus Chief Truckee Chapter's biography of their namesake.
On Chief Truckee meeting the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy wagon train in 1844: "Near the Humboldt Sink an Indian Chief called on the party, dropped his rabbit skin robe to show he was unarmed, shook hands in the fashion of whites, and presented gifts. Again and again he repeated the Paiute word “it is all right” or “okay”… “Truckee, Truckee.” The whites thought it was his name and called him “Chief Truckee” and so the word has come down in history. The party was told then of a passage through the Truckee Meadows, now Reno, and on up the Truckee
Chief Truckee Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 14, 2010
3. Chief Truckee Marker - Wide View
River. They gave him a tin plate which he took for a hat, bored holes for a chin strap and proudly showed it to his tribesmen." (Submitted on May 19, 2010.) 

2. Chief Truckee. The Truckee-Donner Historical Society's biography of Chief Truckee. Includes alternate versions of the origin of the "Truckee" name. (Submitted on May 19, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,021 times since then and 125 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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