Friday, September 14, 2012

Nevada Historical Marker #191

On the way to the first day of the Petersen Shoot-out golf tournament in Reno in April, I stopped at two Nevada historical markers: The Great Train Robbery [#128] and Verdi [#191].

Nevada Historical Marker #191

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This marker is located Along 3rd Street/Old US 40 (SR 425) near Crystal Peak Park, Verdi, Nevada. There are 41 other historical markers in Washoe County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 39° 30.953 W 119° 59.634.

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Nevada Historical Marker #191

Modern Verdi came into being with the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad through Nevada in 1867-69. It became a major mill town and terminal for the shipment of ties and construction timbers, with a network of logging railways reaching into the timber 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 1860's on the heavily traveled 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 milesfrom 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 disastrous fire in 1926, plus depletion of timber reserves, resulted in Verdi's decline.

Nevada Historical Marker #191

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