Pioneer Fording Site and First Bridge Built in Nevada
Location: Virginia Street Bridge; Reno, Nevada
Dedicated: May 31, 1930
Marker Significance: Virginia Street is the main north/south thoroughfare in Reno. The Virginia Street Bridge spans the Truckee River just south of casino row and downtown Reno. Nevada’s first bridge was built here in 1860. The marker is on the bridge pillar at the southeast corner of the Virginia Street Bridge, and marks the fording place where the first pioneers crossed the Truckee River in Reno on their way to California on the Overland Trail, and also the site of Nevada’s first bridge. The bronze tablet was presented to the City of Reno on May 31, 1930 by Nevada Sagebrush Chapter.
Directions: The marker is located on the southeast pillar of the Virginia Street Bridge, which spans the Truckee River just south of downtown Reno. The marker is presently on the bridge; however, the bridge may be torn down in the next few years to make way for the construction of a new Virginia Street bridge. The History of DAR in Nevada Committee will be the designated contact for the City of Reno so that when the new bridge is constructed, the marker can be appropriately relocated and rededicated.