Moved by History

By James Lewis on September 16, 2008
Nevada Historical Marker 221 is one of the markers that the state verified after reviewing our article. Image courtesy of Robert Wynn.

The location of Nevada Historical Marker 221 is one of the markers verified by the state after reviewing our article. Image courtesy of Robert Wynn.

Our recent Forest History Today article, “Timber for the Comstock,” told the history of lumbering around the eastern Sierra and Lake Tahoe area of Nevada. It centered on a set of eight historical markers that tell a forest history story; the idea was to provide a driving tour of historical interest. Some of those markers are located between Reno and Carson City where US 395 is being moved and modernized. Tom Straka’s article pointed out that old directions to the markers were now fuzzy and sometimes incorrect. The state’s Historical Preservation Office undertook a survey of the markers in the article to confirm locations and rewrite directions if necessary (and to even get GPS coordinates). The survey started with the eight markers in the article, but continues on for all the historical markers in the state. There will likely be a new state historical marker booklet with more accurate directions for roads that have changed and one reason will be the Forest History Today article.

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