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Nevada Historic Markers in Washoe County: Great Incline of the Sierra Nevada

Nevada Historical Marker 246
Great Incline of the Sierra Nevada
SR 28 Near Ponderosa-Bonanza Ranch
Reno

Nevada Historical Marker 246: Great Incline of the Sierra Nevada
Nevada Historical Marker 246: Great Incline of the Sierra Nevada

28 February 2008
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Great Incline of the Sierra Nevada

Located on the mountain above are the remnants of the "Great Incline of the Sierra Nevada." Completed in 1880, this 4,000 foot long lift was constructed by the Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber Company. A unique steam-powered cable railway carried cordwood and lumber up 1,800 feet to a V flume which carried the lumber down to Washoe Valley where it was loaded on wagons for use in the mines of the Comstock. Driven by an engine on the summit, 8,000 continuous feet of wire cable, wrapped around massive bull wheels pulled canted cars up a double track tramline. This engineering feat would transport up to 300 cords a day from the mill located in what is now Mill Creek.

State Historical Marker No. 246
Division of Historical Preservation & Archeology
Incline Village Rotary Club

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