1872 California-Nevada State Boundary Marker
Dog Valley Road at Border Between California and Nevada
Northwest of Verdi, Nevada
It stands at the state boundary next to Dog Valley Road, which was the main route over the
Sierra Nevada well before Interstate 80, and even before old Highway 40. To reach the marker
one must traverse a quiet country lane that leads from metropolitan Verdi, cross two old bridges
that are barely one lane wide and keep a sharp eye peeled. The cast iron marker,
clearly showing the 1872 date, stands a few feet from the roadside state boundary signs.
It is enclosed by a poorly maintained chain link cage that appears to have been rammed by
a pickup truck. Despite being on the National Register of Historic Places, there is no
historical marker pointing it out, no plaque describing the reason for it being there.
It is just there. The weathered cast iron, now a deep brown, blends into the surrounding
landscape, and looks very much like one of the wooden fence posts that stand alongside.
From Sierra Nevada Virtual Museum