Dog Valley Auto Tour – October 1, 2016. Reported by Brian Suen

The Nevada Chapter auto tour of an old section of the Lincoln Highway from Verdi to Truckee was planned, organized and led by Mike and Mary Ann Mooney and Chad and Anita Hicks. Jim Bonar provided historical commentary along the way. These are some photographs from the tour.

The tour began in the Boomtown parking lot and proceeded to South Verdi Road at the intersection of Cabela Drive. A short walk to the overlook gave us a view of the remnants of the footings for the old wooden Lincoln Highway bridge that use to span over the railroad tracks. Unfortunately the bridge had burned down during a lightning storm in 2010. To see what the bridge looked like before the destruction follow this link:

From here we could see the foundations of the other bridge that once existed over another set of railroad tracks leading to the metal bridge still spanning over the Truckee River.

Passing through the old lumber town of Verdi the caravan ventured up Bridge Street and crossed over the one lane bridge at the Truckee River and onto Dog Valley Road. That led us to the California-Nevada border and the monument (a cast iron obelisk) to the 1872 state boundary marker and site of the old Crystal Peak logging and mill settlement (1864 – 1869). The road now became the unpaved Henness Pass Road snaking up the mountain side pass campgrounds. At what is known as the First Summit, the Lincoln Highway did not descend north into Dog Valley which was the original wagon trail of the 19th century. Several blacksmiths were located in Dog Valley to service the wagons heading west over the Sierra Nevada. Instead the Lincoln Highway ventured south and west along the Second Summit toward Truckee. At one time the Lincoln Highway went through what is the Stampede Reservoir but now that pathway is under water.

The Dog Valley Road name reappears and the route continues pass what is now Prosser Creek Reservoir and on into Truckee. The tour ended after about three hours at Village Pizzeria in Truckee for lunch. All the 14 intrepid explorers enjoyed the friendly camaraderie and sharing the scenic venture enhanced by a better knowledge of the local and highway history.

All that remains of the wooden bridge over the railroad tracks in Verdi are the footings.

Jim Bonar points to historical features along the 1913 route of the Lincoln Highway in Verdi, Nevada. Left to right, Bill von Tagen (Boise, Idaho), Mike Moony, Julia Berg, Jim Berg (back to camera), Connie Davis, Jim Bonar and Chester Ross.

The metal bridge (center of photo) over the Truckee River is still standing along Business Route 80 south of Verdi.

At the California-Nevada Boundary Monument on Dog Valley Road – Henness Pass Road.

Von Schmidt obelisk.

Chester Ross point out the California Trail marker.

Prosser Creek Reservoir

Tom and Connie Davis (foreground) chat with Bill Von Tagen and Chad Hicks on the right at the lookout over the Prosser Creek Reservoir.

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