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By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2011
Silver Star Lodge # 5 Marker
Nevada (Washoe County), Gold Hill — Silver Star Lodge # 5
On this site stood the Silver Star Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons #5. Chartered on Oct. 13, 1864, Lodge #5 once hosted the largest membership in Nevada. Timberman Duane L. Bliss who established Glenbrook and was a builder of the . . . — Map (db m46071) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Incline Village — 246 — The Great Incline of the Sierra Nevada
Located on the mountain above are the remnants of the "Great Incline of the Sierra Nevada." Completed in 1880, this 4,000 foot long lift was constructed by the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company. A unique steam-powered cable railway carried . . . — Map (db m94306) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Montrêux Golf and Country Club — 212 — Galena
Galena had a dual personality. It was developed in 1860 as a mining property by R. S. and Andrew Hatch. The Hatch brothers' quartz mill and smelter were among the earliest erected on this side of the Sierras. The gold float from the local mines . . . — Map (db m93942) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), New Washoe City — 166 — Bowers MansionBuilt-1864 Restored-1967
Replacement Marker: Built - 1864 Restored - 1967 Bowers Mansion recalls the wealth of the Comstock Bonanza. Lemuel S. "Sandy" & Eilley Orrum Bowers were probably the first millionaires produced by the famous find in Gold Canyon. As . . . — Map (db m89418) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), New Washoe City — 114 — Franktown
Orson Hyde, probate judge of Carson County, Utah Territory, founded Franktown in the Wassau (Washoe) Valley in 1855. A sawmill became an important enterprise in furnishing timber to the Comstock mines after 1859. The Dall Mill, a quartz mill of . . . — Map (db m93939) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), New Washoe City — 94 — The Winters RanchRancho del Sierra
This large carpenter-gothic style structure, completed about 1864, was the ranch home of Theodore and Maggie Winters and their seven children. Originally this area was settled by Mormons, and the ranch was purchased from Mormons by Winters and his . . . — Map (db m93935) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), New Washoe City — Winters Ranch
This is Rancho del Sierra, home of the Winters family from 1858 to 1953. The estate once covered six thousand acres of the surrounding property and included an orchard, horse race track and extensive livestock herds. The house was built by Theodore . . . — Map (db m93938) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Nixon — Guanomi Mine
This site contains natural springs that were once used by the Tribe for cultural purposes. The springs have been destroyed from years of accumulated mine waste. The mine was active in the 1920s with low metal production. It has been abandoned since . . . — Map (db m97605) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Nixon — 18 — Kooyooe Panunadu - Pyramid Lake
America's most beautiful desert lake is a remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan, which covered some 8,450 square miles in western Nevada during the Ice Age. Caves and rock shelters along its shore have yielded evidence of Numu (Paiute) people living here . . . — Map (db m97602) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — "People thought I was crazy."~Alice Ramsey
In 1909, twenty-two year old Alice Ramsey became the first woman to drive across United States in an automobile. She and her three female companions are depicted here, in her 1909 Maxwell Briscoe, crossing the Nevada desert east of the Truckee . . . — Map (db m77623) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — T.R.R. 13 — Emigrant Trail - Truckee River Route
Emigrants including Donner Party camped in this area to rest and refresh their stock. — Map (db m94435) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 13-A — Emigrant Trail--Truckee River Route
(front plaque) Marker No.T.R.R. 13-A -- Truckee Meadows the California bound emigrants rested here before ascending the Sierras to the west (back plaque) This marker is No 13-A of a total of 70 placed along the Humbolt, . . . — Map (db m113027) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 253 — Emigrant-Donner Camp
Upon entering the Truckee Meadows along the Truckee River, thousands of California-bound emigrants turned their wagons southwest to avoid extensive marshes and uncrossable sloughs. Here at the base of Rattlesnake Mountain the emigrants established a . . . — Map (db m94434) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 245 — Frederick Joseph DeLongechampsJune 2, 1882 – February 11, 1969
Frederick Joseph DeLongechamps was Nevada’s foremost architect of his time. Statewide he was prolific in the number of buildings he designed. From this point one can see a group of structures that stand, collectively, as a monument to DeLongechamps. . . . — Map (db m44217) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 267 — Galena Creek Fish Hatchery
The Galena Creek Fish Hatchery represents an attempt to make amends after Nevada's Comstock Lode ravaged the region's ecosystem in the 1860s and 70s. Fishing decimated local streams and lakes to feed a growing population. Eventually, restocking . . . — Map (db m94432) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 218 — Geiger Station
Seven-tenths of a mile east of this marker was Geiger's Station, the largest station on the Geiger Grade Toll Road, the main thoroughfare between the Comstock Lode and the ranches of the Truckee Meadows. Located at the site were a toll house, three . . . — Map (db m94119) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 79 — Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery
In 1890 General O.M. Mitchel Post #69, Grand Army of the Republic, bought 17 lots in the original Hillside Cemetery for the last resting place for comrades-in-arms during the Civil War, 1861-1865. While friends and relatives of the soldiers . . . — Map (db m93896) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 81 — Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Tree
This tree was planted in soil from Civil War battlefields and dedicated to the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic. By the National Commander in Chief June 10, 1913. Marked and Dedicated by Isaac Crist Camp No. 28 Sons of Union Veterans of . . . — Map (db m42403) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 256 — Historic Transportation From Honey Lake To Virginia City
The historic road corridors from the Truckee Meadows northwestward into the Honey Lake area contains a tangle of intertwined routes following the course of valleys, portions of an emigrant trail cutoff, toll roads, county roads and casual parallel . . . — Map (db m115855) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 238 — Huffaker's
Before the arrival, 1858, of Granville W. Huffaker driving 500 head of cattle into the Truckee Meadows, the principal settlers were Mormon. The Comstock Lode and its mining needs focused attention on the valley. Huffaker established his ranch in . . . — Map (db m94304) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 4 — Junction House
Here was located one of the busiest crossroads of pioneer Nevada, converging point for many major toll roads of the area. The earliest emigrants from the east crossed through Truckee Meadows at this point and by 1853 the intersection was known as . . . — Map (db m93674) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 227 — Lake Mansion
Washington J. Marsh built this house in 1877. Myron C. Lake, regarded as a founder of Reno, purchased it in 1879, and ownership passed to his divorced wife, Jan, in 1881. This Italianate-style house has been moved twice and is listed in the National . . . — Map (db m94123) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 42 — Lake's Crossing
First settlement in this area was a toll station & bridge constructed on this site in 1859-60 by E.W. Fuller. It was later known as Lake’s Crossing after Myron C. Lake purchased this property in 1863. Lake’s land gift to the new overland railroad . . . — Map (db m44213) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — Major General Jesse Lee Reno
Lake's Crossing, a growing community along the Truckee River in Northern Nevada, was parceled into a proper town site by the Central Pacific Railroad. The railroad named the town Reno, to Honor Major General Jesse Lee Reno. Born April 20, . . . — Map (db m77708) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — Mizpah Hotel
Built in 1922 by the Pincolini brothers Joseph, Adelvaldo, Evaristo and Dante. Listed in the National Register of Historical Places, it served the community well for eighty four years. Destroyed by fire on October 31, 2006 In . . . — Map (db m93890) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 234 — Moana Springs
Opened as a resort on October 29, 1905, Moana Springs took its name from a famous Hawaiian spa. In addition to a large bath house with a pool fed by hot springs, Moana had a stately hotel, a clubhouse, baseball diamond and picnic grounds. . . . — Map (db m94303) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 24 — Morrill Hall, 1887
First building on the Reno campus, Morrill Hall was named in honor of Senator Justin S. Morrill of Vermont. Author of the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 which led to the establishment of the university. Founded in Elko in 1874, the campus was moved . . . — Map (db m113035) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 210 — N.C.O. Railroad Depot1910
This building was constructed as a passenger depot for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railroad, a narrow-gauge line connecting Reno with northern California and southern Oregon. It began operations in 1882 as the Nevada and California Railroad. . . . — Map (db m113777) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 30 — Reno
Before the arrival of the European Americans, the Washoe and Paiute people inhabited the Truckee Meadows. The Stevens-Murphy emigrant party passed through the area in 1844, and settlement began in the early 1850s. Charles William Fuller established . . . — Map (db m94116) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — Reno at the Crossroads
A City Built on Trains and Automobiles Nevada's alliance with the Union during the Civil War was important not only for the mineral resources of the Comstock Lode but because the state held portion of the transcontinental transportation and . . . — Map (db m113036) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — Reno's BeginningLake's Crossing and the Riverside Hotel
A Missouri mulepacker, William C. Fuller failed to strike it rich in California’s gold fields. His trek home, around 1859 or 1860, included a stop in the marshy valley known as the Truckee Meadows, located north of the Comstock Mining District, it . . . — Map (db m77626) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 247 — Site of Nevada’s First Public Library
In 1895, Washoe County District Attorney, Frank H. Norcross, later a Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court and a Federal Judge, began a drive to establish Nevada’s first free public library in Reno. That year, he persuaded the Nevada Legislature . . . — Map (db m44215) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — Site of Reno Air Mail Field
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Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — Spanish-American War Memorial 1898-1899Dedicated to — Nevada First Cavalry Volunteers
In 1908, the Reno Red Cross Society and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union gave to the City of Reno, a public drinking fountain to serve people, horses, and dogs. It was dedicated to the Nevada Veterans of the Spanish-American War, in . . . — Map (db m77707) WM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 198 — Steamboat Springs
These natural hot-springs are notable for their curative qualities. They were nationally acclaimed by President Ulysses S. Grant when he visited them in 1879. Early emigrants so named them, because of their puffing and blowing. Located in 1860 . . . — Map (db m94118) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 220 — The Fight of the Century
On this site on July 4, 1910, Reno hosted "The Fight of the Century," a heavyweight championship boxing match between John Arthur "Jack" Johnson, the black title holder, and James J. "Jim" Jeffries, a former champion seeking to regain the title he . . . — Map (db m94121) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — The Reno Arch
This arch was originally erected on Virginia Street at Commercial Row in 1926 to promote an exposition that celebrated the completion of the Lincoln and Victory highways. Electric bulbs spelled our "Reno" and "Nevada's Transcontinental Highways . . . — Map (db m94431) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — The Truckee River
Flowing out of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west, the Truckee River is Reno’s most striking natural and historical feature. Shown below on a relief map of the surrounding Reno area are a few of the more significant historical sites near the . . . — Map (db m44212) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — 248 — Virginia & Truckee Railroad Right of Way
Soon after the Chinese laborers graded this section during the summer of 1871, track gangs commenced laying rail south, reaching Steamboat Springs by late October. To celebrate the occasion numerous residents rode an excursion train to Steamboat on . . . — Map (db m73947) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Reno — Washoe County World War II Memorial
"God grants liberty to only those who love it and are ready to guard and defend it" - Daniel Webster Dedicated to the brave men and women who served their county at home and abroad from 1941 - 1945. Their efforts and sacrifices shall not . . . — Map (db m44526) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Sparks — 29 — Chinese in Nevada1864 - 1964
This honors the heroism and hardihood of the thousands of Chinese who played a major role in the history of Nevada. From across the Pacific the Chinese came to California during the Gold Rush of '49 and on to the mountains and deserts of this state . . . — Map (db m73946) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Sparks — 169 — Glendale School
"Oldest remaining school in Nevada" Constructed in 1864 - in continuous use until 1958

Glendale, as a settlement, preceded Reno and was destined to be the metropolis on the Truckee River until the Central Pacific Railroad was induced to . . . — Map (db m111444) HM

Nevada (Washoe County), Sparks — 169 — Glendale School (1864-1958)"Oldest Remaining School Building in Nevada"
Glendale, as a settlement, preceded Reno and was destined to be the metropolis on the Truckee River until the Central Pacific Railroad was induced to bypass the community for a station at Lake's Crossing (Reno). E. C. Sessions, the first . . . — Map (db m93941) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Sparks — James C. Lillard Railroad Park History
Railroad Park was officially dedicated on July 4, 1976, in commemoration of our nation's 200th birthday. It was officially named James C. Lillard Railroad Park, by the City of Sparks City Council on July 12, 1976, in honor of Mayor James C. Lillard, . . . — Map (db m67227) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Sparks — 189 — Southern Pacific Railroad Yards
Replacement Marker: Soon after 1900, laborers reworked some 373 miles of the original Central Pacific (now the Southern Pacific) line between Reno and Ogden, Utah. The effort involved shortening of the line in some places. One such . . . — Map (db m67223) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Sparks — 88 — Sparks
Updated Marker: Engaged in straightening and realigning the old Central Pacific trackage across Nevada, the Southern Pacific Company moved its shops and headquarters from Wadsworth to this location in 1904. The railroad set aside five . . . — Map (db m67222) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Sparks — 63 — Truckee River
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 . . . — Map (db m67268) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — Crystal Peak Toll Bridge
In 1860, the first bridge, known as O’Neils Crossing, was built at this site. In August 1867, the Crystal Peak Toll Bridge and Road Company was formed by J.P. Foulks and M.J. Smith. The toll bridge charged lumber wagons, stage lines and local . . . — Map (db m66020) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — Henness Pass Road
The Henness Pass Road was a major immigrant trail from the Truckee Meadows to the California gold fields. In the 1850's it was improved and became a toll road. In 1860 Felix O'Neil built a bridge over the Truckee River, east of this place and near . . . — Map (db m94297) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — Overview
You are standing at a crossroads of human history that goes back to the time of the mammoth hunters. This passage over the Sierra Nevada was a key route for Native Americans, mountain men, wagon-train pioneers, miners, stage coaches and travelers . . . — Map (db m94301) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — 128 — The Great Train Robbery
The West’s first train robbery occurred near this site on the night of November 4, 1870. Five men, led by a stage robber–Sunday school superintendent, John Chapman, boarded the Central Pacific Overland Express at Verdi, Nevada. Two took over . . . — Map (db m66022) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — The Lincoln Highway Bridge RailsThe "Coast to Coast" Lincoln Highway
These are the first Lincoln Highway bridge rails ever built on the nation's first transcontinental highway. The Abraham Lincoln Highway ran from Times Square, New York, to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, during 1913-1927. Towns all across the . . . — Map (db m67269) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — The Town of Crystal Peak
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 . . . — Map (db m94302) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — 62 — Truckee River
In prehistoric and early historic times, the Truckee Valley in the vicinity of Verdi, was occupied by the Washoe Indians. Their camps were on these flats near the river. Many fish blinds were located nearby for their use in this important . . . — Map (db m66023) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — T-24 — Truckee Trail - Rocky Ravine
"We took up the mountain side through a rough and rocky, but not very steep, ravine. Large pines, firs and cedars abound,...some of which are fully six feet through." - Isaac J. Wistar, Aug 17, 1849 — Map (db m99650) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — Truckee/Donner Trail
In 1844 the Townsend-Stephens-Murphy Party became the first wagon train to reach California over the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Their rugged route through the Truckee River Canyon was hazardous to the pioneers and their animals, so in 1845 . . . — Map (db m94298) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — 191 — Verdi
Modern Verdi came into being with the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad through Nevada in 1867-’69. It became a major mill town and terminal for shipment of ties and construction timbers with a network of logging railways reaching into . . . — Map (db m66021) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — Verdi Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to those galant (sic) Americans who Served in the Armed Forces of America during our time of trial. Presented by Verdi Nevada Post #10053 Veterans of Foreign Wars June, 2001 Russell Mattfeldt – Commander James E. Inman - . . . — Map (db m66019) WM
Nevada (Washoe County), Verdi — Von Schmidt
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 . . . — Map (db m94295) HM
Nevada (Washoe County), Wadsworth — 68 — Wadsworth
From 1868 until 1884, the Central Pacific's Truckee Wadsworth Division was located on this site. In 1882, work was started on a new site across the river, and by 1883, a new round house, shop, etc. were completed there. A fire on April 15, 1884, . . . — Map (db m67266) HM

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