Old Geiger Grade (In Canyon Below)

Washoe County
  39.37277, -119.66772

"(#211) So I'm on my way up the grade nearing one of many hairpin turns to conquer this marker when a headless dirt bag on a motorbike whizzes around me - on one of the most serpentine routes in the entire state. I thought Geiger was two lanes for a reason. As it was in the days of the wagon it is today ... Geiger Grade is a road to be respected ... not revered as a roaring raceway. For those of you with a need for speed get the hell out of this state!" -- Journal Entry, July 2007

Along SR 341, 2.4 miles north of Geiger Summit

Original Date Visited: 7/9/07

Signed: Both lanes of SR 341

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).

  • Heres another marker with a view!
  • Marker 211 plaque
  • Lovely views at Marker 211

Exact Description:
Constructed by Davison M. Geiger and John H. Tilton in 1862, this old toll road was the most direct connection between the Comstock Lode and the Truckee Meadows until replaced by the present paved highway in 1936.

Concord stages, mud wagons and ten-mule freighters carried thousands of passengers and millions in precious cargo across this section of the Virginia Range and many are the tales of unpredictable winds, snows, land slides and the everlasting danger of lurking highwaymen which could be told of this precipitous stretch of road.

Dead Man's Point and Robbers Roost, two of the most famous features of the road, can be seen from this marker.

[211] with its fine view of Mt. Rose, the highest point in Washoe County. For mid-June, Mt. Rose was looking a little bleak with white stuff.

   Marker Superlative
[211] is the Nevada Historical Marker closest to a county line ... 1 foot within the Storey County line!

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