Kingsbury Grade

Douglas County
  38.96549, -119.83961

"Despite being so close to the fluid of people in Minden-Gardnerville, life along the Foothill Road seems bucolic and steadfast. About the traffic that comes about this way are locals and the occasional tourist to and from Genoa. I doubt many have stopped to actually read this marker despite its horrible grammar." -- Journal Entry, May 2007

Along SR 206, 2.8 miles south of Genoa

Original Date Visited: 5/13/07

Signed: Both lanes of SR 206

Notes: This marker was one of thirty markers that was re-vamped in 2015 in celebration of "Battle Born, 150th: A State Sesquicentennial" (as evident by the campaign's logo on the plaque)

  • [117] Marker 117 plaque
  • [117] Marker 117 on a lovely winters morn
  • [117] Great views on Kingsbury Grade, State Route 207
  • [117] Even more great views on Kingsbury Grade!
  • [117] Marker 117 on a lovely winters morn

Exact Description:
Dagget Pass Trail, named for C.D. Dagget, who acquired land at its foot in 1854, was earlier called Georgetown Trail. Replaced in 1860 by a wagon road built by Kingsbury and McDonald, for which they received a territorial franchise in 1881, it shortened the distance between Sacramento and Virginia City by 15 miles.

The road cost $585,000 toll receipts were $190,000 in 1863. Heavy eastward travel occurred 1860 to 1868. The toll for a wagon and four horses was $17.50. Round trip from Shingle Springs, California, to Henry Van Sickle's Station near the foot of the range. Van Sickle, who helped finance the road, eventually acquired it and sold it to Douglas County in 1889 for $1000. Ironic.

Horse-drawn water carts sprinkled summer dust, and sleds packed winter snow providing a year-round hard surfaced road.

Pony Express and the line of the Humboldt & Salt Lake Telegraph Company followed Kingsbury Grade.

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