NoeHill Travels in the American West: Nevada

Nevada Historic Markers in Washoe County: Virginia & Truckee Railroad Right of Way

Nevada Historical Marker 248
Virginia & Truckee Railroad Right of Way
South Center and East Taylor Streets

Nevada Historical Marker 248: Virginia & Truckee Railroad Right of Way
15 March 2016
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Virginia & Truckee Railroad Right of Way

Soon after the Chinese laborers graded this section during the summer of 1871, track gangs commenced laying rail south, reaching Steamboat Springs by late October. To celebrate the occasion numerous residents rode an excursion train to Steamboat on November 7. Nine months later Superintendent Henry M. Yerington drove the last spike a mile west of Carson City on August 24, 1872, connecting Virginia City with Reno by rail. Although regularly scheduled passenger service didn't begin until October 1, the first through train traversed the 52 mile route on September 1, 1872 - the last steamed by here on May 31, 1950.

State Historic Marker No. 248
Division of Historic Preservation & Archeology
City of Reno

When we visited the site in March of 2016, the marker had gone missing. We found a 2011 photograph of the marker at the Historical Marker Database.

Some Missing Nevada Historical Markers

When we visited the following sites, we were unable to locate a Nevada historical marker.

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