"A guy could get run down trying to pull off this highway! I guess I should expect such from a four-lane freeway. #123 conquered and time for lunch." -- Journal Entry, April 2007
Along US 395 at the Carson River bridge, 9 miles south of Carson City
Today, this marker is currently missing.
Original Date Visited: 5/23/07
Signed: Southbound lane of US 395
The remains of Cradlebraugh Bridge, built in 1881 by William Cradlebraugh, stand 1/4 mile westward. This bridge shortened the distance from Carson City to Aurora in the then booming Esmeralda mining district.
There were two routes from Carson City south to the bridge where they joined, crossed the river, and headed into the desert. One followed the west side of the Carson River: the foothill alternate went via Jacks Valley and the old John James Ranch, then around the hill to the bridge. Five miles south of Cradlebraugh Bridge the road passed Desert Station, a lively hostelry, and beyond, the Twelve Mile House enroute to Esmeralda.
The road and bridge were purchased by Douglas County in 1895, for $5,000.