Rush to the River
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 39° 36.345 W 119° 14.251
11S E 307903 N 4386392
This historical marker is mounted on a stone monument in front of the restored Fernley and Lassen Railway Depot.
Waymark Code: WMJ34M
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 09/15/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member Uncle Alaska
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Rush to the River

Emigrants headed for Stephens Pass and the California Gold Fields---dry and dirty from long, punishing water-short days on the 40-Mile Desert to the northeast---rushed train by train to the "Big Bend" of the sparkling, pure Truckee River at the nearby Wafsworth townsite. Then known as the Lower Emigrant Crossing, the "Bend" was once a Paiute seasonal village site, later Drytown and now Wadsworth. John Fremont camped near the "Bend" January 16, 1844 and passed by here on his 1845 expedition. The Central Pacific Railroad reached the Wadsworth-Fernley area in 1868 buiding eastward. The nation's first reclamation project, the Newlands Project of the early 1900s, turned Fernley Valley, to the south, into a verdant agricultural area.
Dedicated by Snowshoe Thom(p)son Chapter No. 1827 E Clampus Vitus
August 28, 1982 · Ross Barenco NGH
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