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Historical Markers in Douglas County, Nevada

Clickable Map of Douglas County, Nevada and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Douglas County, NV (87) Carson City, NV (51) Lyon County, NV (47) Alpine County, CA (49) El Dorado County, CA (262) Mono County, CA (76) Placer County, CA (209)  DouglasCounty(87) Douglas County (87)  CarsonCity(51) Carson City (51)  LyonCounty(47) Lyon County (47)  AlpineCountyCalifornia(49) Alpine County (49)  ElDoradoCounty(262) El Dorado County (262)  MonoCounty(76) Mono County (76)  PlacerCounty(209) Placer County (209)
Minden is the county seat for Douglas County
Adjacent to Douglas County, Nevada
      Carson City (51)  
      Lyon County (47)  
      Alpine County, California (49)  
      El Dorado County, California (262)  
      Mono County, California (76)  
      Placer County, California (209)  
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1Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Adaven Building1435 Highway 395 — Vernacular Commercial Style —
On U.S. 395 near Eddy Street, on the right when traveling north.
Originally the site of the I.O.O.F. hall built by Baptiste Borda at the turn of the 19th Century. The Adaven Building has been a merchandise store, soda fountain, restaurant, and hotel. The Adaven Building also had a post office for a period of . . . Map (db m21649) HM
2Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Airtanker 130 Is Headed West
On Courthouse Alley north of Eddy Street, on the right when traveling north.
From this Valley on 17 June 2002, the crew of Tanker 130, Steven Wass, Craig Labare and Michael Davis answered the call to duty and took wing to fight a horrific fire in the Sierras. For their determination and ultimate sacrifice, we honor their . . . Map (db m25358) HM
3Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Arendt Jensen Home1243 A&B Eddy Street — Vernacular with Bungalow Elements Style —
On Eddy Street at Ezell Street on Eddy Street.
The Arendt Jensen, Jr. House is a 1-1/2 story bungalow style home and stands near the Arendt Jensen Mansion, the first and largest home built by the Jensen Family. Completed in 1932, the home was built for Arendt Jensen, Jr. and his wife Minnie . . . Map (db m21682) HM
4Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Arendt Jensen Merchandise(Carson Valley Mercantile) — 1423 Highway 395 —
On U.S. 395 at Eddy Street, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 395.
Vernacular with neoclassical elements style Arendt Jensen built this general merchandise store in the early 1900's. On the store shelves shoppers could find a wide variety of everyday necessities and supplies from clothing to agricultural . . . Map (db m21466) HM
5Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — 1 — Brockliss Road
On Centerville Lane (Nevada Route 756) at Nevada Highway 88, on the left when traveling west on Centerville Lane.
This was the name given to the present Centerville Lane on the 22nd day of October 1894 when it was declared a public road by order of the county commissioners. Opening of the road was made contingent on the willingness of ranchers along the section . . . Map (db m10801) HM
6Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — 126 — Double Springs
On U.S. 395, 0.9 miles south of Leviathan Mine Road, on the right when traveling north.
Double Springs was the notorious Round Tent Ranch, or Spragues, another station on the road to Esmeralda. Here, James C. Dean, one of the owners and Justice of the Peace in the district in 1864, murdered his wife. This station was connected by the . . . Map (db m69467) HM
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7Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — 131 — Dresslerville
On Highway 395, on the right when traveling south.
In 1917 State Senator Wm. F. Dressler gave this 40 acre tract to Washo Indians, then living on ranches in Carson Valley. After a school was opened in 1924, it became a nucleus of settlement. Before the intrusion of Caucasians in 1848, Washos . . . Map (db m3190) HM
8Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — East Fork Hotel Building1441 Highway 395 — Vernacular Utilitarian Style —
On U.S. 395 at Gilman Avenue on U.S. 395.
The East Fork Hotel was constructed in 1893 by George and Charley Brown, two brothers who came to Genoa, Nevada with a traveling circus. The Brown Brothers also owned the East Fork Brickyard, providing bricks that were used in many Valley . . . Map (db m24832) HM
9Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Farmer’s Telephone Company1225 Eddy Street
On Eddy Street, 0.1 miles U.S. 395, on the left when traveling west.
Built in the early 1900’s and known at that time as the “Nevada Consolidated Telephone and Telegraph Company,” only five telephone lines were originally installed in Gardnerville. “Long Distance Connections . . . Map (db m15835) HM
10Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Garden CemeteryCorner of Spruce and Cemetery
On Cemetery Lane at Spruce Street, on the left when traveling north on Cemetery Lane.
The Garden Cemetery was established in the late 1800's. Interred here are generations of prominent Carson Valley families. All who are laid to rest here are part of the history of this community, and their contributions to The Valley stand today. . . . Map (db m54792) HM
11Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Gardnerville Branch Jail1440 Courthouse Street — Christensen and Madison, Contractor —
On Courthouse Street near Gilman Street, on the left when traveling north.
Constructed by Douglas County on land donated by the East Fork Township's Fourth Justice of the Peace, Mr. L.S. Ezell in 1910. The main jail in Genoa was destroyed by fire in 1910, and the Gardnerville Branch Jail was quickly placed in full . . . Map (db m21409) HM
12Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Hiram Mott
Near Mottsville Cemetery Road north of Mottsville Lane/Waterloo Lane (Nevada Route 207).
Buried here are Hiram Mott and family, emigrants from Canada. Isreal Mott, son of Hiram built this house a few yards east of the spot in July 1852. Eliza his wife was the first white women settler in Nevada. Their child Louisa was the first white . . . Map (db m90622) HM
13Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — J & T Basque Restaurant Building1426 Highway 395 — Italianate Commercial Style —
On U.S. 395 at Eddy Street on U.S. 395.
This building dates back to the 1870's and was moved to Carson Valley from Virginia City before the end of the 19th Century. It was somewhat commonplace to move buildings from Virginia City after the Comstock Lode Era. Town founder Lawrence . . . Map (db m24091) HM
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14Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Jensen Mansion1431 Ezell Street — Colonial Revival Style —
On Ezell Street at Eddy Street, on the left when traveling south on Ezell Street.
Arendt Jensen had this beautiful mansion constructed for his family in 1910. Mr. Jensen owned a general store in Gardnerville that became very prosperous. He later established the first bank in the Carson Valley, the Douglas County Farmer's Bank. . . . Map (db m21541) HM
15Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Jensen/Schacht House1235 Eddy Street — Vernacular Neoclassical Rowhouse Style —
On Eddy Street at Mission Street, on the right when traveling east on Eddy Street.
The Jensen Family emigrated from Denmark in the late Nineteenth Century. As Gardnerville grew, Arendt Jensen, Sr. took advantage of the growing economy becoming a successful businessman and banker. The Jensen Family's merchandise store was . . . Map (db m21721) HM
16Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — 117 — Kingsbury Grade
On Foothill Road (Nevada Route 206) at Old Kingsbury Grade Road, on the right when traveling south on Foothill Road.
Dagget Pass Trail, named for C.D. Dagget, who acquired land at its foot in 1854, was earlier called Georgetown Trail. Replaced in 1860 by the wagon road built by Kingsbury and McDonald, for which they received a Territorial Franchise in 1861, it . . . Map (db m21892) HM
17Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — 118 — Luther Canyon(Fay Canyon)
On Foothill Road (State Highway 206) north of Leealan Drive, on the right when traveling north.
Luther Canyon, west of this site, takes its name from Ira M. Luther, who from 1858-1865 had a sawmill there. The house behind the marker was his home. He was a delegate to the second Nevada Territorial Legislature. After 1865, the canyon came to be . . . Map (db m34516) HM
18Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — 121 — Mottsville
On Foothill Road (Nevada Route 206) south of Mountain Reach Court, on the right when traveling north.
This is the site of the settlement on the Emigrant Trail known as Mottsville, where Hiram Mott and his son Israel settled in 1851. Their homestead was the scene of an impressive number of firsts in Carson County, Utah Territory: 1851: Israel . . . Map (db m40102) HM
19Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Perry's Dry Goods1448 Highway 395 — Vernacular Residential Style —
On U.S. 395 at Gilman Avenue, on the left on U.S. 395.
This building has been used for many commercial purposes dating back to the late 1800's and early 1900's. The single story rear portion of the building is thought to be the original home of John and Mary Gardner, the Town's namesake. Ollie . . . Map (db m21617) HM
20Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Record Courier Building1218 Eddy Street — Vernacular Style —
On Eddy Street west of Main Street, on the right when traveling west.
The Record Courier has been published in Douglas County since 1904 when Dr. Southworth merged the Gardnerville Record and the Genoa Weekly Courier into one newspaper. In 2004 the Record Courier marks a solid century of printing. This building . . . Map (db m28071) HM
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21Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Ritchford Hotel1404 Highway 395 — Styless Utilitarian Style —
On U.S. 395 north of Douglas Avenue.
Opened in 1896 by Mr. and Mrs. William Ritchford, the three-story hotel was a stage stop. A water tower was also built on the site, however it no longer stands. The Ritchford was the most luxurious hotel in town at the turn of the century. It . . . Map (db m25577) HM
22Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — Sharkey's Nugget1440 Highway 395
On 1440 Highway 395 at Nevada Route 756, on the right when traveling south on 1440 Highway 395.
The "Corner Saloon" was constructed on this site in the late 1890's. Adjacent uses on and near this site came to include a drug store, blacksmith shop, and mortuary. C.M. Krummes operated the blacksmith shop and mortuary, and served as the first . . . Map (db m21446) HM
23Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — 122 — Sheridan
On Foothill Road (Nevada Route 206) near Canyon Creek Court, on the left.
In 1861, a blacksmith shop, a store, a boarding house, and two saloons comprised the village of Sheridan. The village had grown up around Moses Job’s General Store, established prior to 1855. The Surveyor General, in his 1889-90 biennial . . . Map (db m21309) HM
24Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — St. Galls Catholic Church1475 Highway 395
On U.S. 385 at High School Street, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 385.
This building served as the first Catholic Church in Gardnerville, and is an excellent representation of brickwork found in many valley buildings. Completed in 1919 on land donated by local merchant Sam Imelli, the building was used until . . . Map (db m23250) HM
25Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — The French Hotel and Bar1437 Highway 395 — Mixed Architectural Style —
On U.S. 395 north of Eddy Street.
Owned at one time by Baptiste Borda and later leased to the Mitcheo family. Raymond Borda, upon returning from World War II, owned and operated the hotel for many years. The French Hotel was one of the three main Basque hotels in Gardnerville . . . Map (db m25321) HM
26Nevada, Douglas County, Gardnerville — 125 — Twelve Mile House
On U.S. 395N south of Riverview Drive, on the right when traveling south.
An important hostelry was so named because of its distance from Genoa and also from Cradlebaugh Bridge across the Carson River. It was built in 1860 by Thomas Wheeler, where the Boyd Toll Road to Genoa and the Cradlebaugh Toll Road to Carson City . . . Map (db m89436) HM
27Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — About Your Journey...On the Trail Today
On Genoa Lane at Main Street, on the right when traveling west on Genoa Lane.
Whichever direction your travels take you, you’re going to have a similar experience to what the California-bound immigrants had. You’re going to see the same country, except for the towns and ranch meadows. The big difference, though, is that . . . Map (db m98183) HM
28Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — CR-33 — Carson Trail - Hot Springs
Near Foothill Road, on the right when traveling north.
"We passed around a barren portion of the mountain, where there gushed from the base... almost a thousand springs of hot water in half a mile,... The springs form a hot water lake all along their course." - William R. Rothwell, Aug 18, 1850Map (db m99871) HM
29Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — CR-32 — Carson Trail - Original Mormon Station
Near Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
"At the... foot of the mountains, the Mormons... have established a trading post.... Passing on from this place, as fast as we could,... to save what money we had, we continued up Carson Valley" - Edward Patterson, Jul 11, 1850Map (db m99870) HM
30Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — Douglas Lodge #12, F& AM
On Foothill Road/Main Street (Nevada Route 206) near Genoa Lane, on the right when traveling south.
Chartered on September 17, 1868 by the newly created Grand Lodge of Nevada, their first Worshiper Master was Robert W. Bollen. In early 1873 they purchased this building in a partially finished condition. It was subsequently completed in November of . . . Map (db m20677) HM
31Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — Douglas Seminary
On Nevada Route 206 east of Main Street, on the left when traveling east.
In 1864, the fledgling Nevada State Government was comprised of ten counties with twelve school districts, eight school houses, and eighteen schools. This was a time when no one seriously contemplated making Nevada a permanent home as people . . . Map (db m115736) HM
32Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — GenoaIn Search of the Pony Express — Station Marker —
On Jacks Valley Road/Main Street (Nevada Route 206), on the right when traveling south.
[Front of Marker:] Genoa Original Home Station April 3, 1860 – Aug. 30, 1860 Relay Station Sep. 1, 1860 – Nov. 20, 1861 By Town of Genoa Genoa Volunteer Fire Department Carson Valley Historical Society . . . Map (db m20663) HM
33Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — Genoa ChurchGenoa Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
On Nixon Street, on the right when traveling west.
Built by volunteers to replace the church destroyed in the Terrible Fire of 1910, this pioneer refuge served the town for town meetings as well as church services for many years. The bell tower and porch were added in 1978 by volunteers.Map (db m21245) HM
34Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — Genoa or “Mormon Station” of the Pony Express
On Genoa Lane at Jackson Valley Road/Main Street (Nevada Route 206), on the left when traveling west on Genoa Lane.
Near this spot stood the Genoa or “Mormon Station” of the Pony Express 1860 – 1861 St. Joseph, Missouri To Sacramento, California. _________ Dedicated June 9, 1934 By Citizens of Nevada. Under Leadership . . . Map (db m20668) HM
35Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — Hanging Tree
On Genoa Lane near Pioneer Drive, on the left when traveling west.
On this tree, early morning Nov. 26, 1897 occurred the blackest episode in the history of Nevada. Adam Uber of Calaveras Co. Cal. was forcefully taken from jail abused and hanged by an angry mob, for the pistol killing of Hans Anderson a local . . . Map (db m20655) HM
36Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson(Jon A. Torsteinson – Rue) — Mailman of the Sierra —
On Genoa Lane at Jackson Valley Road/Main Street (Nevada Route 206), on the right when traveling west on Genoa Lane.
Born: April 30, 1827, Tinn, Telemark, Norway Emigrated to America from Norway: May 30, 1837 Carried the mail: January 1856 – May 1876 (Twice a month - during the winter for 20 years.) Distance: 90 miles between Placerville, Ca and . . . Map (db m20679) HM
37Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson
On Jacks Valley Road/Main Street (Nevada Route 206), on the right when traveling south.
Born April 30, 1827 at Upper Tinns, Telemark District of Norway, John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson’s parents Tosten Olsen and Gro Johnsdotter baptized him as John Tostensen. At an early age he learned to “snow skate” (snow ski). In . . . Map (db m20712) HM
38Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — John A. “Snow-Shoe” Thompson
Near Jacks Valley Road (Nevada Route 206).
[Upper Marker:] As a Tribute To a great compatriot from Telemark This plaque was presented by the Norwegian Olympic Ski Team Competing at Sqaw Valley In February 1960 [Lower Marker:] Dedicated to John A. . . . Map (db m20748) HM
39Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — Judge Daniel Webster VirginJuly 4, 1835 – August 19, 1928
Near Jacks Valley Road/Main Street (Nevada Route 206) near 5th Street.
Served as first elected judge of Douglas County from 1864 – 66. Later on he served as District Attorney and Superintendent of Schools. While in the practice of law he was considered one of the foremost jurists of his time and was engaged in . . . Map (db m20785) HM
40Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — Kinsey House
On Genoa Lane, on the left when traveling east.
Genoa's first two-story brick mansion built for his bride in 1855-56 by Mormon Station locator Stephen Kinsey, editor of the first newspaper (handwritten). It was the third land claim in Nevada. It was the site of elegant socials and the Genoa . . . Map (db m135908) HM
41Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — 132 — Mormon StationNo. 132 — Erected June 1949 —
Near Jacks Valley Road/Main Street (Nevada Route 206) at Genoa Lane.
In 1851 Col. John Reese, with a little band of eighteen men crossed the great deserts and built the first trading post in Nevada, “Mormon Station”. Later came more members of the Mormon Faith who settled and established the town of . . . Map (db m20686) HM
42Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — 36 — Mormon Station - Genoa
Near Jacks Valley Road/Main Street (Nevada Route 206) near Genoa Lane.
In early June, 1850, a party of Mormons led by Abner and Thomas Blackburn, Hampton S. Beatie and Joseph Dumont, established a trading post about a mile to the north of this site. In September, as they returned to Salt Lake City, a party of Bannock . . . Map (db m20698) HM
43Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — Nevada’s First Newspaper
On Genoa Lane at Jackson Valley Road (Nevada Route 206), on the left when traveling west on Genoa Lane.
The Territorial Enterprise Was founded at Genoa December 8, 1858 Mark Twain Began his career as A writer on its staff ——————— Placed December 8, 1938 University of Nevada . . . Map (db m20665) HM
44Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — 12 — Nevada's Birthplace1864 - 1964
On U.S. 395 at Genoa Lane, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 395.
Carson Valley is the birthplace of Nevada. By 1851, people settled at a place they called Mormon Station, renamed Genoa in 1856. With the early establishment of a post office and local government, the community can lay claim to the title of . . . Map (db m99652) HM
45Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — Old Genoa Bar
Near Foothill Road/Main Street (Nevada Route 206) near Genoa Lane.
In 1863, Al Livingston built this building and called it Livingston’s Exchange. In 1884, Frank Fettic bought it and renamed it Fettic’s Exchange. He operated it as a “Gentlman's Saloon” allowing no rough stuff or excessive drinking. It . . . Map (db m20661) HM
46Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — Old Mormon Station
On Genoa Lakes Drive near Jacks Valley Road (Nevada Route 206).
The principle emigrant trail to California’s gold fields in the 1850’s passed about 50 yards east of here. In June, 1850, Hampton S. Beatie and Abner Blackburn, two Mormons from Salt Lake City, established Nevada’s first trading post a few yards . . . Map (db m21218) HM
47Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — Originally – The Raycraft Dance Hall
On Main Street south of Genoa Lane, on the right when traveling north.
Built: Spring of 1886 Foundation: Rock Building Size: 80 x 33 Feet – 16 Foot Ceiling Flooring: Best Quality Wood Available Constructed: By the Sons of Joseph Raycraft Joseph, acting as a wagon master for 300 souls, headed west with . . . Map (db m98073) HM
48Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — 2 — The Cary Mill
On Foothill Road at Old Kingsbury Road, on the right when traveling south on Foothill Road.
Here stood the first grist mill in Carson Valley built in Mill Canyon Genoa in 1854 by wheelwright Thomas Knott for Colonel John Reese. It was moved to this site by William M. Cary in 1865. Behind the mill stood a dwelling house, which served . . . Map (db m99863) HM
49Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — The Demise of Sam BrownJuly 6, 1861
On Nevada Route 206.
“Brown was a heavy man, about 200lbs, noted as a lawless desperado whose name was terror to all who know, or had heard of him. He made his brags on the day of his death, which was his 30th birthday, that he had killed 11 men, and was going to . . . Map (db m115737) HM
50Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — The General Store
On Main Street north of Mill Street, on the right when traveling south.
In 1877, John H Davis had this building constructed as a new location for his existing store nearby. The general store was an integral part of 1800s era towns like Genoa and supplied dried goods, food and other necessities to the growing Nevada . . . Map (db m169673) HM
51Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — The Pink House
On Genoa Lane near Jacks Valley Road, on the left when traveling west.
. . . Map (db m20658) HM
52Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — The Pony Express1860 - 1960 ** 1861 - 1961
On Jacks Valley Road/Main Street (Nevada Route 206), on the right when traveling south.
These plaques are near the site of the original Pony Express Station. The Pony Express passed through Genoa, the oldest city in Nevada, until the completion of the telegraph. Erected by the Nevada Pony Express Centennial Committee. . . . Map (db m20711) HM
53Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — The Territorial Enterprise & the Telegraph
On Mill Street west of Main Street, on the right when traveling west.
The Territorial Enterprise, a newspaper founded in Genoa in 1858 was at this location and one other in the town. The press was later moved to Carson City and then Virginia City. The first telegraph office in Nevada was also located on this block. . . . Map (db m169650) HM
54Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — 120 — Walley's Hot Springs
Near Foothill Road (Nevada Route 206), on the right when traveling north.
Like many Nevada hot springs, these dot a fault break along which the mountains rise. In 1862, along this Carson branch of the Emigrant Trail, David and Harriet Walley developed a $100,000 spa with 11 baths, a ballroom and gardens. The thermal . . . Map (db m89511) HM
55Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — We Made It! The End of the Great BasinGenoa - Mormon Station — California Trail —
On Genoa Lane at Main Street, on the right when traveling west on Genoa Lane.
You’re now standing at the western edge of the Great Basin. If you were an emigrant headed to California, you would have entered the Great Basin 450 miles back along the trail in southern Idaho, or 500 miles back in Salt Lake City if you had taken . . . Map (db m98142) HM
56Nevada, Douglas County, Genoa — We Salute John “Snowshoe” Thompson / A Tribute From Three Lutheran Churches
Near Jacks Valley Road (Nevada Route 206).
We Salute John “Snowshoe” Thompson On his homemade snowshoes John carried the mail and supplies over the snowy Sierras for 20 winters. As he traveled, he saved the lives of seven people who were snowbound in mountain cabins. In . . . Map (db m20729) HM
57Nevada, Douglas County, Glenbrook — Friday’s Added Station
On US Highway 50 (U.S. 50) near Lake Parkway, on the left when traveling east.
(back) The Pony Express Started on April 3, 1860. The original route from Johnson Pass (Echo Summit) to Genoa went through Hope Valley to Woodfords Station. On May 14, 1860 the new toll road over Daggett Pass opened to foot and horse . . . Map (db m432) HM
58Nevada, Douglas County, Incline Village — 225 — Spooner AreaLogging and Lumbering Period 1868 – 1895
Near Nevada Route 28, 0.7 miles west of U.S. 50.
This area bears the name of Michele E. Spooner, a French Canadian entrepreneur, who, along with others, was instrumental in establishing the wood and lumber industry which supplied the needs of the Comstock mines and mills. In 1868 Spooner . . . Map (db m69715) HM
59Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — A. F. Neidt House
On Esmeralda Avenue at 5th Street on Esmeralda Avenue.
Built in 1909 by A.F. Neidt, a cement contractor who also poured most of the early sidewalks in Minden. The home was later occupied by Annie Hickey Raycraft, who offered room and board for "unmarried lady" school teachers.Map (db m23833) HM
60Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — 125 — Boyd Toll Road
On U.S. 395, 0.4 miles north of Stockyard Road, on the right when traveling north.
William H. Boyd was granted a Utah Territory Franchise December 19, 1861, to provide a road to join Genoa to the Cradlebaugh Toll Road, the trunkline to the mining district of Esmeralda. Boyd's Toll Road is still visible to the northwest and . . . Map (db m150168) HM
61Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — C.O.D. Garage
On Esmeralda Avenue east of Fourth Street, on the right when traveling north.
Ground was broken for the garage in 1911, with structure additions in 1917 and 1927. The initials stand for the owner Clarence Oliver Dangberg. Later, under the ownership of the Fred "Brick" Hellwinkel family, the C.O.D. garage was the oldest . . . Map (db m23514) HM
62Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — CR-31 — Carson Trail - Entering Carson Valley
Near U.S. 395, on the right when traveling north.
"We soon entered the lower end of Carson Valley. The steep mountains on our right, are thickly covered with pines... on the east side of the valley, the mountains present no green thing; all is naked and dreary." - Franklin Langworthy, Oct. 9, 1850Map (db m99867) HM
63Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — Clock ParkThe Town of Minden
On Esmeralda Ave near U.S. 395.
To recreate turn-of-the-century Minden, local merchants Don and Roxanne Stangle, in 1990, suggested building this park. A beautiful period clock would be its central feature. After seven years of planning and designing the park and raising nearly . . . Map (db m23424) HM
64Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — Coventry Cross Episcopal Church
On Emeralda Place at 8th Street on Emeralda Place.
Construction of Coventry Cross Episcopal Church began in 1936 at the building's original site in Smith Valley. The church was named for the large stone cross that stands on the church's Rood beam (a beam in a medieval church across the entrance to . . . Map (db m23948) HM
65Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — 123 — Cradlebaugh Bridge
On U.S. 395, 1.5 miles north of Stephanie Lane, on the right when traveling south.
The remains of Cradlebaugh Bridge, built in 1861 by William Cradlebaugh, stand ¼ mile westward. This bridge shortened the distance from Carson City to Aurora in the then booming Esmeralda Mining District. There were two routes from Carson . . . Map (db m40100) HM
66Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — Douglas County Courthouse
On Eighth Street at Esmeralda Avenue on Eighth Street.
The Nevada Legislature voted to move the county seat to Minden in 1916. The Courthouse, designed by F.J. Delongchamps, was built for $23,178 on a lot deeded from the Dangberg Land and Livestock Company. Originally the building housed all the county . . . Map (db m23971) HM
67Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — Douglas County World War II Memorial
Near Esmeralda Avenue near 5th and 6th Streets.
In Commemoration of Douglas County men who gave their lives in World War II Franklin Mack Andrews ● Semore Arnold ● Donald Cornbread ● Giles Cornbread ● Wilber Frank ● Harlan Fricke ● Walter Leehman . . . Map (db m20881) HM
68Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — First National Bank of Nevada
On Esmeralda Avenue at Fifth Street when traveling north on Esmeralda Avenue.
Construction began in 1968 when the old Farmer's Bank, purchased in 1954 by the First National Bank of Nevada, had again outgrown itself. The remodeled building now houses an engineering firm owned and operated by R.O. Anderson.Map (db m23787) HM
69Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — Grace Melissa Dangberg1896 - 1985
On 6th Street at Esmeralda Avenue, on the left when traveling south on 6th Street.
Grace Dangberg was the granddaughter of Heinrick Frederick Dangberg, a pioneer Carson Valley settler from a village near Minden, Germany, whose family founded Minden, Nevada. Miss Dangberg, a distinguished Nevadan, devoted her considerable . . . Map (db m3191) HM
70Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — Henry Beck House
On U.S. 395 at 5th Street on U.S. 395.
This, the second house built in Minden (1907), housed Henry Beck, the first manager of the Minden Milling Company, and was located across the street from from the mill at Fifth Street and Railroad Avenue, now Highway 395.Map (db m23898) HM
71Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — John Dangberg House
On Sixth Street at Esmeralda Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Sixth Street.
This house was designed for John Dangberg by Frederic DeLongchamps, a noted architect throughout the West. Construction was completed in 1912. John was one of the Dangberg Brothers who founded Minden in 1906. Dangberg Land and Livestock Company . . . Map (db m23933) HM
72Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — M. E. Fay House
On Esmeralda Avenue at 7th Street, on the right when traveling west on Esmeralda Avenue.
Built in 1917 for local rancher M.E. Fay, the home was later owned by John and Norma Ellis. John, Norma and their son Darwin owned and operated the Minden Mercantile.Map (db m23936) HM
73Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — 130 — Minden
On Main Street (U.S. 395) near Esmeralda Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
Minden, the seat of Douglas County since 1916, was named for a town in Westphalia, Germany, where the founder of the D.F. Dangberg Land and Live Stock Company, was born in 1829. The company established Minden in 1905 to provide terminal facilities . . . Map (db m20877) HM
74Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — Minden Dry Goods
On Esmeralda Avenue at Fourth Street, on the right when traveling north on Esmeralda Avenue.
First opened in 1910 by Chris Christoffersen. This was the first store in Minden of its type, selling dry goods, clothing, shoes, and cameras. Later, the store was operated by Lin Blondin and Ken Watson. In time, it became known as Town and Country . . . Map (db m23578) HM
75Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — Minden Flour Milling Company
Near U.S. 395 north of Buckeye Road when traveling south.
Completed in 1908, the new mill was financed by many of the early residents of Minden. Initially, it could process 100 barrels of flour daily from the local grain. Its four silos held 65,000 bushels of grain. In 1921 the mill was described as "one . . . Map (db m23981) HM
76Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — Minden Park
On Esmeralda Avenue near 5th and 6th Streets.
Built in 1906. the park became the “town square” for the first residential section of Minden. The first bandstand, a rectangular structure, was built in 1914. The present bandstand was built by the Minden Rotary Club in 1984 and . . . Map (db m20893) HM
77Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — Minden's First Homesite
On U.S. 395 at Esmeralda Avenue, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 395.
This site marks the end of the Virginia and Truckee rail extension from Carson City which was completed in 1906. A depot was built here as well as first home site for the station manager, Herb Coffin. Mr. Coffin’s home was a converted boxcar but a . . . Map (db m23430) HM
78Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — Reed-Meneley Insurance
On Esmeralda Ave near Fourth Street, on the right when traveling north.
The original building was constructed in 1951 for the partnership of Warren Reed and Willard Meneley Insurance Company. In 1953 the offices also served as the temporary home for the Douglas County Public Library. Reed's son Alan and family currently . . . Map (db m23742) HM
79Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — Second Farmer's Bank of Carson Valley
On Esmeralda Avenue at Fourth Street, on the right when traveling north on Esmeralda Avenue.
The Second Farmer's Bank was constructed in 1918 and operated until 1968. The bank had sound financial resources for its size and in 1933, following a bank moratorium called by President Roosevelt, Farmer's Bank was among the first in the nation to . . . Map (db m23700) HM
80Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — The Heidlberg
On Esmeralda Avenue at 3rd Street, on the right when traveling west on Esmeralda Avenue.
Built in 1910, few buildings in Minden have experienced a more diverse life. Its many uses include a saloon/bar, card parlor, soda fountain, grocery store, and several restaurants.Map (db m23361) HM
81Nevada, Douglas County, Minden — The History of Sunset Park
On U.S. 395 north of Church Street, on the left when traveling north.
The members of the Minden Town Board selected this site, on the Minden-Gardnerville boundary and adjacent to the telephone company offices, as a particularly appropriate location for what they have named "Sunset Park". In the early 1900's, . . . Map (db m55510) HM
82Nevada, Douglas County, Sheridan — CR-35 — Carson Trail - Upland Travel
Near Foothill Road, on the right when traveling south.
"The trail, on leaving camp, entered a strip of upland, covered with wild sage and brush and through which run several mountain streams of much beauty." - Silas Newcomb, Aug 28, 1850Map (db m99819) HM
83Nevada, Douglas County, Spooner Summit — 261 — Spooner Summit
On The Lincoln Highway (U.S. 50 at milepost 3.1), on the left when traveling west.
Toll Roads Johnson's Cutoff, also called the Carson Ridge Emigrant Road, passed over Spooner Summit and down Clear Creek from 1852 through 1854, but was rugged and little used. With discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859, Spooner Summit . . . Map (db m69714) HM
84Nevada, Douglas County, Stateline — Sky Harbor Airport and CasinoLanding on a Wing & a Prayer
Near Kahle Road at Route 50.
During the late 1940s, this land was used by Sky Harbor Airport and Casino, which flew its wealthy patrons in from San Francisco to spend money in the local casinos. The airport consisted of a dirt landing strip, but with the snow-crested Crystal . . . Map (db m91859) HM
85Nevada, Douglas County, Stateline — The Pony Express
On Lake Tahoe Boulevard (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling east.
In Commemoration of The Pony Express A fleeting but exciting epoch in the Winning of the West —————— Erected April 4, 1963 by Harrah’s William F. Harrah, President . . . Map (db m46433) HM
86Nevada, Douglas County, Zephyr Cove — 207 — Carson Valley
On Kinsbury Grade (State Highway 207), on the right when traveling east.
Carson Valley below, now a broad expanse of cultivated and pasture lands, was originally a strip of meadow along the banks of the river where 49’ers, following the California branch of the emigrant trail, rested their stock and bought vegetables . . . Map (db m34518) HM
87Nevada, Douglas County, Zephyr Cove — 219 — Glenbrook
On U.S. 50, on the right when traveling west.
Lumbering operations in the Glenbrook area of Lake Tahoe began in 1861. Consolidation of V-Flume systems in and near Clear Creek Canyon by 1872 made it possible to float lumber, cordwood, and sawed material from Spooner’s Summit to Carson City and . . . Map (db m21014) HM
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Mar. 26, 2023