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

Von Schmidt

 
 
Von Schmidt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 18, 2016
1. Von Schmidt Marker
Inscription. This cast iron obelisk was one of only four such monuments set by Allexey Von Schmidt during his survey of the California Nevada boundary in 1872-73. It was intended to mark a point on the 120th meridian, the border line between the two states north of Lake Tahoe. In addition to these four monuments Von Schmidt set stone mounded mile posts along the entire 612 mile boundary from Oregon to the Colorado River.

The boundary line was disputed in 1850 and in 1863 this argument led to bloodshed during the Roop County War. A partial survey of the line was conducted in 1863 which was later proved to be in error. In 1872 Von Schmidt was commissioned by the U.S. General Land Office to correct that line and to settle the boundary dispute once and for all.

The boundary between the states remained in dispute until 1980 when the United States Supreme Court accepted Von Schmidt's survey from Lake Tahoe north to Oregon. The court rejected his boundary line from Lake Tahoe south to the Colorado River in favor of a later survey by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.
 
Location. 39° 31.475′ N, 120° 0.122′ W. Marker is near Verdi, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker is on Dog Valley Road (Henness Pass Road), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map
Von Schmidt and Boundary Markers image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 18, 2016
2. Von Schmidt and Boundary Markers
. The marker stands on the California/Nevada border in Von Schmidt Monument Historic Park on a quiet, rural road that is named Dog Valley Road in Nevada and Henness Pass Road in California. Marker is in this post office area: Verdi NV 89439, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henness Pass Road (here, next to this marker); Truckee/Donner Trail (here, next to this marker); Overview (here, next to this marker); The Town of Crystal Peak (here, next to this marker); Verdi Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crystal Peak Toll Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Truckee Trail - Rocky Ravine (approx. 0.6 miles away); Verdi (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Verdi.
 
Regarding Von Schmidt. The boundary marker was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 under the name 1872 California-Nevada State Boundary Marker.
 
Categories. Exploration
 
1872 California-Nevada State Boundary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 18, 2016
3. 1872 California-Nevada State Boundary Marker
Von Schmidt Monument Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 18, 2016
4. Von Schmidt Monument Historic Park
The park is located in the pine grove pictured in the foreground
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 28, 2016, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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