This morning we drove into the scenic burg of Verdi. (verd-EYE) I wanted to mail off some post cards and I recall the post office being right in town. Sadly, as you can see in the middle pic, the post office has burned down. Some nutball went on a shooting rampage in Reno last Christmas and drove out to Verdi and burned down the post office. Now the locals have to drive all the way into Reno to get their mail. I don't know why the post office doesn't drag out a trailer like they did in Paskenta.
This bridge is part of I-580/US-395 in Washoe County. The highway is almost finished and will cut the travel time between Reno and Carson City by about 10 minutes. According to the Gazette Journal, this is the longest concrete cathedral arch bridge in the country, if not the world.
Both Dayton and Genoa claim to be the oldest settlement in Nevada. Most of Dayton is now along the road going to Dayton Valley Golf Course. There's some houses along 6 Mile Canyon Road that takes you from Ft Churchill/Dayton Road to 6 Mile Canyon Road and up towards Virginia City. Gold was discovered in Dayton in 1849 and the miners worked their way up 6 Mile Canyon and found the Comstock Lode in Virginia City.
The road between Ft Churchill and Dayton is about 16 miles long. On the river side of the road, things are pretty green, but on the opposite side things are mostly sagebrush. It was 91 degrees when I took these pictures. A beautiful day in the desert.
At the intersection of US-95A and the Carson River lies the old Ft Churchill ruins. We paid our $7 admission and took a look around. The fort was founded about 1860 to protect the settlers, or invaders I guess, depending on your point of view. There was no Civil War battle fought in Nevada, but there was a famous Indian battle just north of the fort where the Natives killed a bunch of soldiers and civillians out for a good time killing the natives.
There's camping in the trees along the Carson River.