Verdi in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Truckee River runs from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake, and was first discovered by Captain John C. Fremont in January, 1844.
The Stephens – Murphy – Townsend Party in 1844 also followed the Truckee River into the Sierra, and crossed the mountains via Donner Pass. The ill-fated Donner Party rested on the Truckee Meadows, at present Reno, but they tarried too long and were caught by the Sierra snows. Despite the Donner tragedy, many emigrant trains to California, particularly from 1849 until 1852, traversed the Truckee route.
In 1868, the Central Pacific Railroad followed the Truckee’s course. From the 1920’s to the 1950’s, the surrounding meadows echoed to the heavy exhausts of the giant Southern Pacific cab-ahead, articulated, steam locomotives. During the same period, the primitive emigrant trail, and the early tollroads, were developed into the Lincoln and Victory Highways, and then into U.S. 40 and I-80, today’s freeway.
Location. 39° 30.573′ N, 119° 56.207′ W. Marker is in Verdi, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker is on Interstate 80, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Verdi NV 89439, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lincoln Highway Bridge Rails (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Train Robbery (approx. 2.8 miles away); Verdi (approx. 3.1 miles away); Crystal Peak Toll Bridge (approx. 3.2 miles away); Verdi Veterans Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away); Von Schmidt (approx. 3.6 miles away); Henness Pass Road (approx. 3.6 miles away); Truckee/Donner Trail (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Verdi.
More about this marker. This marker is located at overlook/pullout on the south side of Interstate 80 after Exit 5/Mogul while heading east toward Reno.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 347 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.