Kingsbury Grade - Nevada
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 38° 57.930 W 119° 50.390
11S E 253953 N 4316784
Quick Description: A set of Pony Express trail markers and other historical markers at the base of the Kingsbury Grade in Nevada
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 6/16/2010 6:21:20 AM
Waymark Code: WM9234
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 15

Long Description:
Dagget Pass Trail, named for C.D. Dagget, who acquired land at its foot in 1854, was earlier called Georgetown Trail. Replaced in 1860 by the wagon road built by Kingsbury and McDonald, for which they received a Territorial Franchise in 1861, it shortened the distance between Sacramento and Virginia City by 15 miles.

The road cost $585,000. Toll receipts were $190,000 in 1863. Heavy eastward travel occurred in 1860 to 1868. The toll for a wagon and four horses was $17.50 round trip from Shingle Springs, California, to Henry Van Sickle's station near the foot of the grade. Van Sickle, who helped finance the road, eventually acquired it and sold it to Douglas County in 1889 for $1000.

Horse-drawn water carts sprinkled summer dust, and sleds packed winter snow, providing a year- round hard-surfaced road.

Pony Express and the line of the Humboldt & Salt Lake Telegraph Company followed Kingsbury Grade.
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