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Historical Marker to be formally recognized in Midtown Reno

Post Date:08/23/2017 5:38 PM
Through the efforts of the Nevada 150 Foundation Historical Marker Legacy Project and YESCO, the reinstallation of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Right-of-Way Historical Marker No. 248 in Midtown Reno will be formally recognized on August 24, 2017 at 10 a.m. — 145 years to the day that Henry Yerington drove the last spike in 1872.

"I'm grateful to our partners at the State Historic Preservation Office and the Nevada 150 Commission for restoring this marker and for their deep interest in preserving an important part of our state’s history," said Ward 1 Reno City Councilmember Jenny Brekhus.

The City of Reno’s Public Works department recently installed the sign.

"When the Governor appointed the members of the Nevada 150 Commission, he charged us with funding legacy projects that would stand the test of time for future generations,” said Bud Hicks, President of the Nevada 150 Foundation. "The repair and replacement of 116 historical markers leaves a legacy that reaches every part of our state."

Marker 248 recognizes the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Right-of-Way through Reno. The plaque reads:

The Virginia and Truckee Railroad was built between 1868 and 1872 to connect the mining and milling communities of the Comstock to the Central Pacific Railroad that ran through Reno.

The line first connected Virginia City to Carson City in 1869, but work to run the railroad north moved quickly. Soon after Chinese laborers graded this section during the summer of 1871, track gangs commenced laying rail south, reaching Steamboat Springs by late October. 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 passed by here on May 31, 1950.


The marker was originally installed and dedicated on October 6, 1985. Unfortunately, it was vandalized in 2014. As part of Nevada's Sesquicentennial Celebration, the Nevada 150 Commission authorized replacing and repairing 116 historical markers around the state as one of its legacy projects and has given in excess of $180,000 toward this project. YESCO manufactured and installed all of these markers and donated $50,000 as an in-kind donation.

A total of 266 markers throughout the state are managed by the State Historic Preservation Office, a division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“We are grateful to the Commission and community supporters around the state for providing the necessary resources to be able to accelerate the much-needed replacement of these markers,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Rebecca Lynn Palmer.

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