Churchill County Points of Interest
Truckee Trail - Forty Mile Desert
"Long before sunrise our teams were on the trail marching forward on the desert. Very little to note save the dust & brightness of the glittering sand. Now & then a grave, little donage & dead stock." - John Clark of Virginia, Aug 21, 1852
Trails West, Inc. of Reno, Nevada, has erected seventy markers along the Truckee Trail from Humboldt Bar in the Forty Mile Desert a few miles east of this marker to Johnson's Ranch near Wheatland in the agricultural Central Valley of California.
The markers are fabricated from steel railroad rails. Most markers include a quote from an emigrant diary inscribed on a metal plate.
In addition to marking the Truckee Trail, Trails West has installed six hundred markers along two thousand miles of emigrant trails stretching from southern Idaho, across Nevada, and into California and Oregon.
Trails West publishes excellent guides to the trails.
Also see Nevada Historical Marker 26 north of here at the I-80 rest stop.