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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Verdi
By Barry Swackhamer, June 4, 2013
The Current Parker Truss Bridge and Toll Bridge Marker
|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|
|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|
|This site was the last natural crossing of the Truckee River before the Henness Pass Road began its climb over the Sierras. In 1860, Felix O’Neill had the first station on the river, while D.M. Bull operated a stage stop at the foot of Dog Valley . . . — — Map (db m131828) HM|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|"Drove over a hill and came through a most beautiful pine forest to the [Truckee] river and crossed it for the last - 27th time. Camped on the opposite side by a spring." - Joseph Curtis Buffum, Aug 7, 1849 — — Map (db m149990) HM|
|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|
|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|
|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
Russell Mattfeldt – Commander
James E. Inman - . . . — — Map (db m66019) WM|
|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|