Location: Old U.S. Highway 395; Nevada State Historical Marker No. 114; Washoe Valley, Nevada
Marker Significance: The marker was placed by the Nevada State Park System and Nevada Sagebrush Chapter. The inscription reads, “Franktown was established by Orson Hyde, Probate Judge of Carson County, Utah Territory, in the Wassau Valley (Washoe Valley) in 1855. A sawmill was built and became an important enterprise in furnishing timber to the Comstock mines. The Dall Mill, a quartz mill of sixty stamps, employed hundreds of workmen. Fertile farms surrounded the town. With the completion of the railroad from Carson City to Virginia City in 1869, the milling business rapidly lost its importance and the once prosperous town declined.”
Directions: The marker is located on Old Highway 395. From Reno, go south on U.S. 395. After you pass through Pleasant Valley, take a right (turn west) on Old Highway 395 at the north end of Washoe Valley. You will pass Davis Creek County Park and Bower’s Mansion County Park. The Franktown marker is on the east (left) side of the road at a dirt pull out on a standard Nevada-shaped historical marker between highway mile markers NV 429 WA 5 and NV 429 WA 4, less than one mile south of Bower’s Mansion.