Nevada Historic Markers in Washoe County: Verdi
Nevada Historical Marker 191
3rd Street Near Crystal Peak Park
Modern Verdi came into being with the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad through Nevada between 1867 and 1869. Verdi became a major mill town and terminal for the shipment of ties and construction timbers, with a network of logging railways reaching into the forests north and west of here.
In 1860, a log bridge was built across the Truckee River near where Verdi is now located. Known as O'Neil's Crossing, the site served as a stage stop during the 1860s on the heavily travelled Henness Pass Turnpike and Toll Road and the Dutch Flat and Donner Lake Road.
In 1864, the Crystal Peak Company laid out a town on the site some two miles from Verdi's present location. The company owned mining and lumbering interests near the settlement which was then called Crystal Peak.
Verdi remained an active lumbering center into the twentieth century due to the exertions of men like Oliver Lonkey of the Verdi Lumber Company. A fire in 1926, plus depletion of timber reserves, resulted in Verdi's decline.
State Historical Marker No. 191
State Historic Preservation Office
National Society Daughters of the American Colonists
At some time between 2008 and 2016, the State of Nevada updated the Verdi marker. The changes to the text were minor. We show the text for the newer marker.