Historic Railroad Map of Lake Tahoe, NV - 1874

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Topographical Map of Lake Tahoe and surrounding country.

This topographical map showing Lake Tahoe and vicinity was published in 1874 using compiled information provided by Ferdinand von Leicht and J.D. Hoffmann. It displays cities, towns, deserted towns, mountains, lakes, rivers, mountain passes, and railroads.

During the 1870's the Virginia Mountain Range of Nevada was of great interest as news of the Comstock Lode spread far and wide. The silver-ore discovery created a tremendous amount of mining activity throughout the region. This necessitated the building of a railroad which could transport ore and serve the communities of Virginia City, Carson City, Silver City, and Gold Hill.

The Truckee River Valley was an important agricultural region and Reno was a marketing center for westbound settlers and local miners. Reno was named the new county seat of Washoe County in 1871. During that time the Virginia & Truckee Railroad Company operated a standard-gauge line south from Reno which connected the mining communities.

From the time silver-ore was discovered in the late 1850's populations in Nevada cities had boomed due to the arrival of miners, speculators, railroad men and merchants, all eager to gain from the valuable ore. The silver mines began to diminish about the time of this map’s publishing. A great fire in 1875 destroyed much of Virginia City.

The Central Pacific Railroad noted on this map was the nation’s transcontinental eastward line from San Francisco.

The Union Pacific Railroad was constructed west from Council Bluffs, Iowa. The two railroads met up at Promontory Summit in Utah in 1869 to much publicized fanfare.

Map includes distance chart, and illustrations of Donner Lake and the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe taken from the north.

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