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Near Sparks in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Truckee River

 
 
Truckee River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
1. Truckee River Marker
Inscription. The Truckee River, seen below, runs from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. The river's first recorded discovery was by Captain John C. Fremont in January, 1844. He camped by its terminus at Pyramid, then followed it to the big bend at Wadsworth. Captain Fremont named the stream the Salmon-Trout River. At the end of his 1845 sojourn in Nevada, he followed it into the Sierra and crossed Donner Pass.

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
Truckee River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
2. Truckee River Marker
and Nevada State Highway Department. (Marker Number 63.)
 
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 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); Huffaker's (approx. 13 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparks.
 
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Truckee River Marker at I-80 Scenic Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 3, 2013
3. Truckee River Marker at I-80 Scenic Overlook
Truckee River as viewed from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 5, 2013
4. Truckee River as viewed from Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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