Nevada's Birthplace (Original)
Original Date Visited: 1/13/11
The Conquering of Marker 12
First off, you may wondering why I keep referring to these people as "county officials." Well, here's the bad news:  is located on private property, protected behind a barbed wire fence at the Douglas County Public Works facility branch in the heart of Carson Valley. (More on this in a minute ...) Upon arrival, I was greeted by a handful of county officials all of whom were happy to discuss the marker's history, and all of whom were surprised at the notoriety of this marker, having recognized me from my article in the Nevada Appeal. Five minutes later, I was given another shocker when county road worker, who I've nicknamed "Buddy," greeted me with a firm handshake. "Buddy" was the very same person who moved this marker from its current location at the State Route 88 junction in Minden sometime around 1998. Truly, Buddy didn't want to withhold any information and while I myself could tell you the story in my own words, I think you'll find his more intriguing verbatim. Buddy rolled everything off the tongue with fast lib and an all-business demeanor making absolutely sure that I soaked in the full story ...
Buddy: "It (the marker) used to be at a Park & Ride, right at the junction there at 88 and 395 in Minden. If you go there today you'll see a big dirt patch. When it was time to build the intersection, we had to demolish the Park & Ride and my supervisors told me I had two options ... either take it (the marker) or it's going to the dump. I didn't want to see it destroyed, so we loaded it up onto a trailer and moved it here."
And the golden question that sealed the deal ...
Paul: "So, how do you move a marker like this?"
After the reveal, everybody at the office including myself thanked him for his initiative! To my surprise, my invitation to conquer  offered everybody a bit of closure. For years, they had wondered why this bulky stone slab was here, and it was that day, we had learned the full juicy details. Case closed! I'll admit I was a bit frustrated when I learned that this marker remains mostly inaccessible to the public, but learning the truth, and seeing the marker's rugged condition had freed my mindset of this small inconvenience. In short, Buddy's decision to relocate it here, on private property, means peanuts, a small trade-off to the marker's preservation. Considering its hardships, the marker's text is well-legible, and still etched in stone as it was twenty years ago, with only a few minor ... *get ready for it* ... chips off the old block. The fence and survellance cameras posted on the Douglas County Public Works building forever protects this old girl from future mishaps and vandalism.
A Word of Caution:
Carson Valley is the birthplace of Nevada. In 1850 a first settlement was made at Mormon Station, renamed Genoa in 1856. Here, in 1851, the first attempt to form a government was made. In 1861, Nevada's Territorial Government was established at Genoa.
Over the old road skirting the west bank of the Carson River thousands of immigrants moved southward to cross the Sierra, feeding their livestock on grass cut along the river. At Genoa, at Mottsville, settled in 1852; and at Sheridan, settled by Moses Job about 1854, they stopped to enjoy produce of the state's first gardens. Pony Express riders used this route in 1860, switching in 1861 to the shorter Dagget Trail, now Kingsbury Grade.
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