Nevada Historic Markers in Douglas County
Nevada Historical Marker 131
Six Miles South of Gardnerville
In 1917 State Senator Wm. F. Dressier 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 lived in winter in the Pinenut Hills where they stored autumn harvested pinenuts. In summer, they lived in the Lake Tahoe Basin fishing the tributary streams and gathering roots and berries. In fall, they hunted jackrabbits and gathered seeds in Carson Valley.
Their only form of organization was that of kinship.
These stone age people lived in daily communion with giants, monsters, animals whose characteristics were interchangeable with those of people, and with water babies, "having the bodies of old men and the long hair of girls," who lived in the lakes of the High Sierra.
State Historic Marker No. 131
Nevada State Park System
Carson Valley Historic Society