Road Side Stop Geiger Grade

On our way to Virginia City Saturday we passed a road side stop and got out. At first it looked like just another scenic view but as we stood there I noticed structures so we took a walk down to these. We really do not know what this place was and were not able to find out much yet but the small bit I did find I added at the end.
Turns out this was once a rest room but no more

We think the holes in these pillars all over the place were for signs but really do not know but my son said they were left overs from the Salem witch hunts lol 

 Another dynamic view from the top of the rocks

In this picture you can actually see where we live but it is way to small to point out but if you look at the center of the picture and up to the left about half an inch that's our place. So funny to realize that everyday when we look up at this mountain that we are looking at the place that we were standing right then lol

History found here

In 1861, the territorial legislature granted Dr. D. M. Geiger the right to build a toll road (we live off of Toll Rd, I wonder if it's the same street) running north from Virginia City over the Virginia Range to the valley and eventually to Reno. The route opened in 1863.
An early wagon road dating to the 1850's ascended north from Dayton along Gold Canyon, eventually reaching Virginia City. After 1859, another road descended east from Virginia City along Six Mile Canyon to the Carson Valley. Because teamsters used it to haul ore to the Carson River for processing, the road was named Mill Street. To the west, Jumbo Grade and Ophir Grade gave access to mills along the shore of Washoe Lake.
On November 29, 1861, the territorial legislature granted Dr. D. M. Geiger and J. H. Tilton a franchise to develop a northern route from Virginia City to the Truckee Meadows. The resulting road opened completely in 1863 with several toll stations. Its sharp descent, including hairpin turns and steep slopes, made it impractical for heavy loads, but it was a popular route for stagecoaches. Because drivers had to slow in some places, these became favorite locations for robberies.
In 1936, the New Deal Works Progress Administration improved Geiger Grade. The project bypassed the steepest grades, widened the road, and made it more functional for automobiles. Improvements encouraged tourists interested in the Old West, drawing on Reno's increasingly popular resorts. The road remains in service today.


  1. It's always fun to stumble upon new places and discover some local history. xxx


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