Carson City
  39.20841, -119.8039

"A lot of Nevadans are unaware of the elaborate pipeline that still carries water from the mountains to the fine residents of Virginia City. This is a betting state after all, so I'll make mine. I'd bet one out of every hundred? If you're a born-and-raised Nevadan, I'd say the odds are lowered. And I don't gamble very much." -- Journal Entry, July 2007

Along I-580/US 395 on Lakeview Grade, 4 miles north of Carson City
* Find this one on the northbound shoulder of the freeway at the Carson City/Washoe County Line *

Original Date Visited: 6/5/07

Signed: No

Notes: The approach to [213] might be one of the worst in the state. In addition to it being a measly 3-foot tall concrete slab for poor visibility, the only way to conquer this one is via the northbound lanes of the freeway where you'll find this tiny marker on the shoulder of the interstate. To make it worse, traffic on the 580 up this grade can be horrendous, so a keen set of eyes is needed for this conquer! You might spot the county line sign before this slab and if you do, pull the heck over onto the shoulder! Should you miss the marker, the only way to get back northbound is via Exit 42, "Lakeview Blvd", then heading back south to Carson City and flipping a U-turn to get back onto the northbound lanes from Carson Street.

  • Marker 213 plaque
  • Thousands of commuters whiz on by this marker everyday without ever knowing its here.

Exact Description:
As early as 1863, two hotels appartenant stables were located here. In 1872, one hotel became a station on the newly-completed Virginia and Truckee Railroad between Carson City and Reno.

Crossing under the highway are three inverted siphon pipelines furnishing water from the Sierra Nevada watershed to Virginia and Carson Cities. Work was first undertaken in 1873 on the 76 mile box flume and pipeline system with the construction of a maintenance station here. The Virginia and Gold Hill Water Company's historic water-gathering and transportation complex immediately became world famous.

As early as 1881, Lakeview became a lumber storage area for timber cut in the Lake Tahoe Basin. In 1887, shipping activity was accelerated as lumber was fed to the yard by a V-flume originating above present Incline Village. From here timber products were shipped to the Comstock mines and other points via V.& T. R.R. cars. Activity ceased in 1896.

To this day we still receive emails from ten-year locals who've never seen this marker. Now there is now excuse!

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Related Links & Markers:

 [13] -- The Comstock Lode   [193] -- Historic Flume & Lumber Yards   [246] -- Great Incline of the Sierra Nevada   [248] -- Virginia & Truckee Railroad Right of Way 

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