Near Sparks in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Beginning with the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend Party in 1844, the Truckee River became a route for California emigrants until the advent of the Central Pacific Railroad in 1868-1869 brought the wagon train period to a close. After the Southern Pacific took over the railway in 1899 and relocated much of its Nevada alignment, the old Central Pacific roadbed between Sparks and Wadsworth was deeded to Washoe County in 1904 for road purposes. In 1917, this road became a portion of State Road 1, which in 1920 became the Nevada section of the Victory Highway. In 1925, when Federal highway names were replaced by a numerical system, the Victory Highway became U.S. Highway 40. In 1958, after reconstruction, this route became the initial section of Interstate 80 across Nevada.
The river provides water for Reno, Sparks, the Fallon agricultural area and Pyramid Lake.
Erected by Nevada State Park System
Location. 39° 33.005′ N, 119° 34.415′ W. Marker is near Sparks, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 80 at milepost 27, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at scenic vista overlook/pullout from the I-80 eastbound lanes just before Exit 28 (Patrick). Marker can only be accessed from the eastbound lanes of the freeway. Marker is in this post office area: Sparks NV 89434, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glendale School (approx. 9.3 miles away); Southern Pacific Railroad Yards (approx. 9.6 miles away); Chinese in Nevada (approx. 9.7 miles away); James C. Lillard Railroad Park History (approx. 9.7 miles away); Glendale School (1864-1958) (approx. 9.7 miles away); Sparks (approx. 10.3 miles away); Emigrant Trail - Truckee River Route (approx. 10.9 miles away); Emigrant-Donner Camp (approx. 10.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparks.
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