“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Verdi in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Town of Crystal Peak

The Town of Crystal Peak Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, March 18, 2008
1. The Town of Crystal Peak Marker
Inscription. In 1864, the town of Crystal was laid out by the Crystal Peak Company west of this spot in order to prospect for gold in the rich quartz deposits that gave the peak its name. The miners were disappointed that the quartz deposits of Crystal Peak which had been used by Native Americans for millennia did not contain gold. The Crystal Peak Company opened the area's first sawmill which became the center of lumber and mining activity in the area. The town was located just inside the Nevada border. The Crystal Peak Post Office opened in July of 1864.

The company's sawmill furnished lumber for the advancing Central Pacific Railroad which reached this vicinity in the spring of 1868. By then the town of Crystal Peak had a population of 1500 people and a thriving business district which served the local industries and the immigrants passing along the nearby Henness Pass Road.

The Central Pacific chose to locate the railroad closer to the Truckee River thus bypassing Crystal Peak. The railroad laid out its own town site at Verdi. Crystal Peak soon began to wither and its post office closed its doors in November of 1869 immediately reopening in Verdi. Some of the town's buildings were also relocated to Verdi.

Von Schmidt's's 1872 boundary survey moved the state line to the east, placing Crystal Peak's surviving business in California. His field notes indicate that the Crystal Peak Brewery was some 300 feet south and west of this iron boundary marker.
Location. 39° 31.475′ N, 120° 0.122′ W. Marker is in Verdi, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker is on Henness Pass Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Von Schmidt Monument Historic Park at the Nevada-California border. Although the park is actually on the California side of the border, the park is just outside the town of Verdi, Nevada. 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. Von Schmidt (here, next to this marker); Henness Pass Road (here, next to this marker); Truckee/Donner Trail (here, next to this marker); Overview (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. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Verdi.
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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 192 times since then and 2 times this year. Photo   1. 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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