Ragtown
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Left Coast Labs
N 39° 30.314 W 118° 55.516
11S E 334473 N 4374614
Quick Description: Marker located 8.1 miles west of Fallon on US-50.
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 8/23/2009 10:42:45 AM
Waymark Code: WM72DE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GeoDuo
Views: 21

Long Description:
Standard blue SHM and a stone marker on US-50. From the junction of US-50 and US-95N, head 8.1 miles west. Marker is on the south side of the road. Plenty of room to park.
Marker Title (required): Ragtown

Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): 19

Marker Text (required):
Ragtown was never a town, but the name of a most welcome oasis and hamlet. This mecca on the banks of nearby Carson River received its name from the appearance of pioneer laundry spread on every hand bush around. The Forty-Mile Desert, immediately to the north, was the most dreaded portion of the California Emigrant Trail. Ragtown was the first water stop after the desert. To the thirst-craved emigrants and their animals, no site was more welcome than the trees lining the Carson River. Imagine, if you will, the moment when the animals first picked up the scent of water--the lifted head, the quickened pace, and finally the mad, frenzied dash to the water's edge. Then, rest and repair for the arduous crossing of the Sierra Nevada that lay ahead. In 1854, Asa Kenyon located a trading post near Ragtown. Here he offered goods and supplies to the trappers. During the 1850's and 1860's, Ragtown was one of the most important sites on the Carson branch of the California Trail.


County (required): Churchill

Marker Type (required): Full Size (with blue painted mesh)

Is Marker Damaged? (required): No

Other Marker Type (optional): Not listed

Other Damage Type (optional): Not listed

URL - Website (optional): Not listed

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