The Reno Division

A chronology of Nevada Newspapers accounting during 1871 and 1872.
Compiled by Tom Smith.

For a period of time, The Virginia & Truckee Railroad operated two separate roads.
One between Reno and Steamboat and one between Carson and Virginia.


 

MARCH 31, 1871 - Gold Hill Evening News
Active preparations are at present being made to complete our local railroad through to Reno from Carson, by way of Washoe valley, at an early date. The requisite grading tools, carts, etc., are being procured and distributed along the line, the iron is being contracted for, and it is thought that the whole will be completed in running order in about four months from now. The locomotive Ormsby or the I. E. James is to be put in requisition as soon as possible as a construction engine on the new section of the road. This road being of the broad gauge - the same as the Pacific railroad - cars will be run over it with freight or passengers direct from San Franscisco or Chicago to Carson, Gold Hill or Virginia, without changing, as in the case of the proposed narrow-gauge railroad between Virginia and Reno.

JUNE 20, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
The Virginia & Truckee Railroad. - Work will soon be commenced on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad between Reno and Carson City. The final survey will be begun to-day. The grading and track building will be commenced at the Reno end of the line.

JUNE 25, 1871 - DSR
The railroad from Reno to Carson should, as a matter of justice, be commenced at our end as well as at Reno. Surely Carson has done more for the corporation than Reno, and if the company desires to entirely heal old sores, it had better take this matter into immediate consideration and act upon this suggestion.

JUNE 28, 1871 - Gold Hill Evening News
Construction Engines. - Two of the lightest of the locomotives now in use on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, are to be transported to Reno in order to be used in the construction of the new portion of the railroad between there and Carson.

JUNE 30, 1871 - Gold Hill Evening News
The Final Survey. - George Hunt, Sam Hyatt, and others, constituting a competent corps, left last evening for Reno, in order to commence the final survey, definitely the line of thai portion of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, to be built between Reno and Carson. The grading will commence forthwith at the Reno end, and the track and locomotives will follow very shortly.

JUNE 30, 1871 - DSR
The Railroad - We are under many obligations to Superintendent Yerington, for enlightening our clouded mind as to the propriety of commencing the road at the wrong end. They do it because they can make by it: they can bur ties at Reno much cheaper than at Carson. We did not suppose the company would go to the expense of hauling rails to Carson for the sake of benefiting the town, we merely suggested the propriety of grading the road from here as well as to there. We have now arrived at the conclusion that it is better to let the railroad company have its own war, for the men who compose it will do as they please anyhow. The corporation does not love Carson less because it loves profit more, not by no means, nohow.

JULY 1, 1871 - DSR
The Railroad. - George L Gibson, who returned from Reno yesterday, informs us that the contract to build the railroad bridge has been given to Mr. Thompson, and that said bridge will be commenced forthwith. Ike James is busy in the survey. The old survey will be somewhat departed from. Mr. Gibson appears perfectly satisfied with the arrangements, and his judgment will do to rely on.

JULY 6, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
The Railroad. - Grading about to be commenced. Mr. Ike James, Chief Engineer of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, had yesterday permanently surveyed and located the line of this road from Reno as far out as Huffaker's Station. It leaves Reno below Lake's bridge. Grading on this part of the road will be commenced tomorrow, and the survey will be pushed on to Carson as rapidly as possible.

JULY 09, 1871 - DSR
Railroad. -A large number of Chinamen left this city yesterday for the vicinity of Reno, where they will, on Monday, commence the work of grading on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad.

JULY 10, 1871 - DSR
Railroad. - The Reno section of the Virginia, Carson and Truckee Railroad will be in complete running order from Reno to Steamboat Springs within ninety days, or about the middle of October. From Steamboat to Washoe City there will be some pretty heavy grading, and no approximation can as Jet be made to the time required to complete the road to this city.

JULY 13, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
The Railroad. - About one hundred men are at work a short distance side of Reno at grading for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. By the time a bridge can be built across the Truckee at Reno the grading of the road will be completed to a point opposite the foot of the Geiger Grade.

JULY 13, 1871 - DSR
Nasby - This distinguished Genoese merchant, P. M., and Deputy County Clerk, formerly known as Henry P Kraus, has sold out his business in Genoa and will return to his first love, Carson. Nasby says the marriageable girls have allleft or are about leaving Genoa, and he "feels like one who treads alone SOfie mountain town deserted. "

JULY 14, 1871 - DSR
V. and T. R. R. - The grading on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad extension, on the south side of the Truckee river, a short distance belowthe bridge, was commenced on Monday last. About 100 Chinamen are at present employed on the work, and we hear that this force is to be increased to 1,000 or 1,200. The track will follow close to the present stage road, via Steamboat Springs to Washoe City, and will then follow along the foot of the Sierra on the west side or Washoe Lake.

JULY 20, 1871 - Reno Cresent
Some four or five hundred Chinese laborers are at work between Reno and Steamboat Springs at grading the track of the extension of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Contracts have been made with parties to deliver the ties for that portion of the road reaching across Truckee Meadows. Should Steamboat Springs be made the terminus of the road quite a lively little village will be likely to spring up at that point, and the number of visitors to the Springs would be vastly increased. ............

JULY 26, 1871 - Reno Cresent
The Railroad. - The work of grading the extension of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad southward from Reno is progressing rapidly. The force of Chinese laborers 99+ at work on the road will soon be increased to 1,000.

AUGUST 1, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
A large force of workman is engaged upon the bridge of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company at Reno.

AUGUST 10, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
The Railroad. - The Reno extension of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad is now graded for a distance of five miles south from the river. The grading will be completed to Steamboat Springs by the time the bridge across the river is finished. The deepest cut on the completed section of five miles is only six feet.

AUGUST 11, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Railroad Survey. - The surveyors on the Reno section of the Virginia an Truckee Railroad are now surveying south of Steamboat Springs, and are getting pretty well along into Washoe Valley.

AUGUST 18, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Railroad Material. - Twelve car loads of iron for the new portion of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, arrived at Reno night before last. Six miles of the grading is already completed, and the laying of the rails will be commenced soon. The new bridge across the Truckee will be completed in six or seven weeks. The depot and terminus will probably be at Steamboat Sprints for this season at least, though the survey of the track has been completed to the Temelec Mill, SOfie distance south of Steamboat.

AUGUST 25, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
The Railroad. - The work of grading the Virginia and Truckee Railroad southward from Reno goes vigorously forward. Some seven miles of track have been graded, and the bridge across the Truckee is fast going up.

SEPTEMBER 1, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
For the Reno Section. - The locomotive Storey, says the Gold Hill News of last evening, is now at the workshop of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, at Virginia, being taken to pieces convenient for transportation to Reno, where she is to be used on the new section of the road as a construction engine.

SEPTEMBER 12, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
The locomotive "Ormsby," which has been in use on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, between this city and Carson, has been taken to pieces and is being sent to the new section of the road now in the course of construction from Reno southward. It is to be used in the building of the road.

SEPTEMBER 12, 1871 - Daily State Register
V. & T. R. R. - Work on the Reno section of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad is progressing favorably. The bridge across the Truckee river at Reno will be completed about the 20th inst., and the road will be in rullning order to Steamboat Springs by the 15th of next month. It is the present determination of the company to run the road along the western side of Washoe Lake. Superintendent H. M. Yerington was present at a soiree of the land owners of that shore on Saturday evening last, and was well pleased with the spirit of fairness and liberality displayed by the ranchmen.

SEPTEMBER 15, 1871 - Daily State Register
The Railroad. Work is now going on on both ends of the Carson and Reno division of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. One gang of thirty men commenced grading near this city day before yesterday, and the force will be increased in a short time. There is much heavy work to be done on the road between this city and Washoe Valley, including a heavy "fill," over one mile in length, and a tunnel about 400 feet long; and it is the intention of Superintendent Yerington to have this work prosecuted with great vigor, so as to meet the road from Reno somewhere in Washoe Valley, and thereby insure its early completion. By the way, the company seriously considered a proposition to form the junction at Empire, which, had it been carried, would have been a serious blow to the prosperity of Carson. The businessmen of this city, however, will be pleased to learn that we are to have the junction here.

SEPTEMBER 16, 1871 - Daily State Register
Grading. The gang of Chinamen at work on this end of the Carson and Reno division of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad are grading just beyond the old toll house near the divide, and about three and a half miles distance from our city.

SEPTEMBER 28, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Railroad Matters. A strong force of Chinese laborers are employed between Reno and Steamboat Springs, and the grading of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad between the two points is well nigh completed. The engineer in charge says he will run the first engine to the Springs on the 15th of next month. Timbers and lumber for the depot at the Springs were being delivered on the ground day before yesterday. The rails have been laid on the new side track of the company' s road in this city, leading from the depot along the west side of the Savage and Hale and Norcross works. This side track has been built to convey wood and timbers to the hoisting works of the companies named.

SEPTEMBER 30, 1871 - Reno Cresent
R. R. R. Not Radway's Ready Relief, but Railroad Row, heretofore called Commercial Row, is being invaded by the V. & T. R. R., under permission granted by the Co. Commissioner. We called attention to the matter last week in behalf of the citizens. The fact that we were not supported led us the belief that we had put our shovel in where there was nothing for us. One after another of our people wavered, halted and fell back before the persuasive eloquence of Brother Yerington; and as to any personal interest of our own, we bad none, or if any, it would be best promoted by the track being laid as it is being done. Now when it is too late, property holders on Commercial Row would like to renew the fight. We have only to say, go in boys, and we will stand by and see the fun this time.

OCTOBER 1, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Railroad from Reno to Steamboat. - We hear from the NEWS that the new bridge across the Truckee at Reno being completed, and the rails laid not only across it but also upon a considerable section of the road, construction trains are about running over it, carrying material for the work. The grading is nearly completed between Reno and Steamboat Spring, and it is thought that trains will be able to run through to Steamboat in about two weeks or perhaps sooner. A depot is now building at this point. The first trip of the locomotive across the new bridge was made yesterday.

OCTOBER 3, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Railroad to Steamboat. - A gentlemen from Steamboat Springs informs us that the Virginia and Truckee Railroad will be completed and the cars running to that place by the 15th instant. A depot building 125 feet in length is being erected at the Springs.

OCTOBER 4, 1871 - Daily State Register
V. and T. - The track will be completed from Reno to Steamboat Springs about Monday week, and after that date the stages will run from Virginia to Steamboat only. A fine road is being constructed from the foot to the Geiger Grade to Steamboat, and after the 15th instant the ride from here to Reno via Virginia will be a delightful one. The railroad company is building a commodious depot at Steamboat, which will be ready for use by the time the track reaches that point.

OCTOBER 12, 1871 - Daily State Register
To Reno. -The Geiger Grade is being extended from the foot of the mountain to Steamboat Sprints, preparatory to a diversion of travel from Reno to that point by rail. On and after the 15th, Woodruff & Ennor will run their fine coaches over this new and splendid road to Virginia. Passengers from this part of the country can then go by way of Virginia from here to Reno with only nine miles of staging, and that over a fine road and down grade, avoiding the rough road and alkali dust of Washoe Valley.

OCTOBER 14, 1871 - Reno Cresent
Distances From Steamboat to Virginia, 11 miles, via Woodruff & Ennor's stages. From Steamboat to Carson, via Dyer's stages, 18 miles. The difference in the character of the roads fairly offsets the difference in distance, so that passengers to Virginia and Carson starting together will be landed at their respective destinations within fifteen minutes of the same time.

OCTOBER 24, 1871 - Gold Hill Daily News
Railroad and Steamboat. - The Reno division of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad is at last completed through to Steamboat Springs, and the locomotive Storey runs through to that point with construction trains, carrying material for further work, and improvments at that place. The depot and freight house, a large hotel, livery stable, blacksmith shop, and other buildings, are being erected as fast as possible; in fact, quite a lively little town is springing up there. A branch of the Geiger Grade has been constructed in good style to Steamboat, and on the first of next month it is thought that passenger and freight trains will run through to that point, when Woodruff & Ennor's stage line to Virginia will connect there instead of at Reno, as at present. A substantial bridge is being built across the creek, by the Railroad Company, also a turn-table. The locomotive made its first through trip from Reno, yesterday, to within a hundred yards of the bath-house at the Springs, and last night was expected to get through to the depot. This leaves but about ten miles of stage travel between there and Virginia.

OCTOBER 24, 1871 - Daily State Register
Steamboat. - The Locomotive Storey, on the Reno Division of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, yesterday ran up to within a few hundred feet of the bath house of Steamboat Springs. In addition to the depot building, a hotel 50 x 80 feet, a large livery stable and a Blacksmith Shop are being erected at the Springs, and the indications now are that Steamboat will be a lively little town within a week or ten days. It was expected that the iron horse would run up to the depot last night.

OCTOBER 25, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
All Aboard for Steamboat! -After the first of next month, all passengers from this city going either to California or the Atlantic States will take the cars at Steamboat Springs. Construction trains now run to Steamboat from Reno, but passengers will not be carried until the hotel at the Springs shall have been completed. The branch road from the Geiger Grade is finished and as soon as the hotel is ready, Woodruff & Ennor's line of stages will begin running to the Springs instead of to Reno as at present. This arrangement reduces the travel by stage to ten miles. Woodruff & Ennor are building a large stable at Steamboat, preparatory to making the change we have mentioned.

OCTOBER 28, 1871 - Reno Cresent
V. & T. R. R.
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The rails of the V. & T. R. R., are laid to Steamboat Springs, though not straitened, leveled and graveled, in a condition that admits the passage of a train. We one day this week visited the new city of Sharington, to spy out the prospects of the place that is destined to depopulate Reno, and concentrate the business of the county. We found the floor laid for a 7x9 depot; the foundation timbers, 4x4 seantling, laid for a first-class hotel; and a livery stable being built of old Žlumber hauled from Washoe City, besides the company's boarding house and what we deemed satisfactory evidence that business is already overdone in the new town. The road will undoubtedly be completed to Carson early next season, and the narrow gauge will take all of the Virginia business, leaving Sharington to be gradually overwhelmed by the deposits from the Hot Springs, or burned by a spark from them.
Connection Made. The V. & T. R. R. are to-day making their Commercial Row connection with the C. P. R. R. The connection is made opposite the National hotel and will answer an excellent purpose as a side track when the yard is crowded.

OCTOBER 28, 1871 - CDR
Sharon City. -The first locomotive on the Reno Division of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad reached Sharon City on Monday last, and ran to within a short distance of the new town. There are already several fine buildings up and others in the course of construction, and the indications now are that Sharon will be a lively little town within a few weeks. Reno will be greatly injured by the building of the new road. The stages running from Virginia will connect with the road at Sharon.

NOVEMBER 3, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Iron Horse. - The locomotive I.E. James belonging to the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company is being shipped to Steamboat from this city to assist the Storey on the Reno division of the road.

NOVEMBER 3, 1871 - Daily State Register
Cars at Steamboat. - Superintendent Yerington informs us that the first passenger train from Reno to Steamboat Springs will run next Sunday night and the stage will make arrangements accordingly.

NOVEMBER 4, 1871 - Reno Cresent
Change of Base. To-morrow (Sunday night) passengers for Virginia and Carson will be taken by rail from this point to Steamboat, and from thence to their respective destinations by Dyer's and Woodruff & Ennor's stages. It is also reported that a change of time will occur on the Central Pacific railroad at the same time or soon after. Rumor says that the cars from the West will arrive at elven o'clock P. M. - at night, and from the East at 4 o'clock in the morning. If such be the arrangement it evidently was not made for the especial accommodation of Virginia and Carson travel.
First Blood. On Wednesday last the V. & T. R. R. run over and amputated the legs of a squaw between this point and Steamboat Springs. The first blood for the new line.

NOVEMBER 4, 1871 - Daily State Register
New Terminus. - Tomorrow Sunday night the stages from this city and Virginia will run only to Steamboat Springs, as passenger trains will run between that point and Reno on and after that date, over the new track of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. The grading on the divide between this city and Washoe Valley is progressing favorably and unless we have a severe winter, Carson, Gold Hill and Virginia will be connected by rail with the Central Pacific by early spring.

NOVEMBER 5, 1871 - Daily State Register
Steamboat. - On and after tonight passenger trains will run regularly between Steamboat Springs and Reno over the track of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. We hear it straight that the schedule time between the points named will be twenty minutes. Passengers by tonight's stages, both from this city and Virginia, will take the cars at Steamboat, no doubt with a sigh of relief.

NOVEMBER 7, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Railroad Jubilee and Excursion. - The formal opening of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad between Steamboat Springs and Reno will take place to-day. We are authorized to state that the company extend an invitation to every one "to whom those presents may come greeting" to be on hand at Steamboat to-day in season to take the 12 o'clock train to Reno and return to Steamboat for dinner. A sumptuous lunch, with oceans of fluid refreshments of all kinds will be in readiness upon the return of the train, and all are expected to "eat, drink and be merry," at the company's expense. A large delegation will go from this place and Gold Hill, and most of the other towns in this portion of the State will be represented. Those who wish to be of the excursion party to Reno must reach Steamboat before 12 o'clock N.

NOVEMBER 7, 1871 - Daily State Register
Important to Travellers. - The traveling public will note the following changes: The stage for the railroad terminus at Steamboat Springs will hereafter leave this city at 10 o' clock in the evening; returning will arrive at about 5 o'clock in the morning. This stage will carry out passengers in time to reach the Central Pacific passenger train going west; and, returning, will bring in the passengers from the east going train. Passengers going east will have to remain over in Reno about twenty-two hours, and passengers (and mail) coming from the east will have to take the fast freight from Steamboat to this city or remain there twenty-three hours -thus: C. P. passenger train, going east, arrives at Reno at 12:45 and leaves at 1 o'clock in the morning: going west, arrives at Reno at 3:05 and leaves at 3:20 in the morning. The passenger train of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad make eloge connection with the western or California travel, but is a little "off' on its eastern connection. For instance (keeping the above figures in view), the passenger train leaves Reno for Steamboat at about 1:45, or an hour after the arrival of the train from the west, leaving the passengers from the east to arrive one hour and twenty minutes subsequently) to blink in Reno until the next night. The same train will leave Steamboat at 2:45 in the morning after arrival of the stage), and land passengers at Reno in time to take the C.P. train going west, but some three hours after the train has left for the east. The fault is in the timetable of the Central Pacific Railroad Company, but we don 't propose to ask them to change it. Parties going by private conveyance to Steamboat, however, can always strike the eastern bound train of the C. P., as the V. and T will run a train to Reno every evening, leaving Steamboat at 5 o'elock. Fare: To Steamboat, $3.50; to Reno, $4.

NOVEMBER 8, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
The Railroad Opening Jubilee. - The celebration of the opening of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad from Reno to Steamboat Springs, yesterday, was a most agreeable affair. The excursion to Reno and all else passed off without accident or the slightest unpleasant occurrence. All was enjoyable and all was heartily enjoyed. The excursion train left Steamboat about noon, ran down to Reno, and after a star of sufficient length to give all an opportunity for greeting acquaintances in that town and "smiling" and chatting, returned to Steamboat. Here was spread out in the new freight-house a sumptuous repast, the bill of fare embracing all the substantial and luxuries the country affords. Nothing was lacking in the was of either solid or fluid refreshments, and many baskets of champagne were left a total wreck, not to speak of the destruction wrought among bottles of more potent liquids and kegs of the nourishing Teutonic beverages. Speeches appropriate to the occasion were made by prominent persons present, and the toasts were many and apropos. About two hundred persons participated in the festivities of the occasion, and all made it their business to enjoy themselves and to assist others in so doing. Many persons from Reno were present, and after the dinner was over, and the toasting and speech making, the train returned them to their town. The dinner and all connected therewith, was furnished by Charley Legate, the well known restaurant keeper of this city, and was a credit to the culinary knowledge and artistic taste of that great caterer. The rails between Steamboat and Reno will now stay laid.

NOVEMBER 9, 1871 - Daily State Register
The Railroad Excursion
On Tuesday last the completion of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad from Reno to Steamboat Springs, or "Sharington," was celebrated by an excursion over the road, participated in by a large number of people from Carson, Virginia, Gold Hill, Washoe, Reno and the valleys. There was riding, hand shaking, laughing, singing, eating, drinking, orating, and a general surrender to revelry. There were present from this city twenty or twenty-five ladies and gentlemen, and the exuberance and elasticity of spirit exhibited by the Carson ladies caused the whole expedition to effervesce and sparkle like champagne, until the (at tirst) little ripples of merriment swelled into huge billows of good humor that engulphed every new passenger picked up by the wayside. Arriving at Steamboat Springs at 11:45, we found everything in readiness for the start - except Uncle Phil Lynch of the Gold Hill News, Johnny Skae and Colonel Avery, who had not yet arrived, and who did not arrive until some time after the excursion train bad left. H. M. Yerington, General Superintendent of the road, and Mr. Holmes, Track Superintendent, were both present to see that every thing was in order and that ample provision was made for the accommodation of all. A long table had been put up in the large depot building and Charley Legate, the well known restaurateur of Virginia, was engaged in testing its strength and capacity by piling thereon every substantial and delieate viand. There was boiled ham by the hogshead, corned beef by the drove, roast turkey by the ton, bread by the bushel, cake by the cask, fruit by the field, champagne by car loads, and everything the appetite could crave. At noon the train moved off for Reno. It consisted of the locomotive Storey, one baggage car freighted with humanity, and one of the elegant passenger coaches of the Central Pacific Railroad. Arriving at Reno in thirty minutes, we found the townspeople out in their Sunday clothes, and there was general hand shaking and exchange of granulations. The Reno people turned out in such force that another passenger coach and two empty freight cars were added to the train. Returing to Steamboat, the train picked up several ladies and gentlemen at Huffaker's.
'JUST MY LUCK'
The following dispatch, received while the excursion train was at Reno, explains itself:

Steamboat,Nov.7,1871

To Yerington, Rice, Ginn and others: Pleasant greetings to all who left me behind at Steamboat. Just my d---e luck! I am always behind somewhere. Avery, Skae and others are here in the same fix. Bully for Steamboat.

PHIL LYNCH


So the editor of the Gold Hill News had a chance in indulge a "sober" second thought while wandering over the steaming plains of Steamboat awaiting the return of the train. (P .S. -- There is not a drop of spirituous or malt liquor on sale at Steamboat. - RHP)

THE INDOOR EXCERCISES
At the Springs, after the return from Reno at 2 o'clock p.m., consisted chiefly of eating, drinking and making merry. The office room of the depot and a large pile of freight on the north platform afforded convenient hiding places for such Good Templars as did not wish to set a bad example by drinking in public; but ignorance of the existence of an open window that occasionally brought the brethren face to face while in the act, caused a good deal of merriment among lookers-on. When all appetites had been appeased and the wine began its work, some consternation was created in the crowd by cries of "Lynch! Lynch!" Apprehensions of a mob were soon dispelled, however, when uncle Phil Lynch of the Gold Hill News mounted a bacon hogshead in the middle of the room, placed his hat over the seat of his pants, all the while twitching it nervously with the fingers of both hands, and commenced.

THE ORATION, THUS:
Ladies and gentlemen: It is nothing more than (ahem) our duty requires to demonstrate that the gentlemen who have constructed this road {tremendous applause and a nervous flip-flop of the hat}. I rernember 21 years ago being a pioneer across the plains {little boy at the other end of table: "Boo-hoo! Jolinney's took my cake."} Twenty-one years from that date I feel proud to be present here and see the pleasant faces of American women, {Applause and laughter.} Twenty-one years ago Steamboat {the hat again............................. (Unable to read remainder of article)

NOVEMBER 10, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
First Accident. - The Carson Register says: The first accident to the cars on the Reno division of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad occurred on Tuesday morning last at Reno. Some lumber was piled close to the track, and a large plank projected far enough to get caught by the piston rod. One end of the plank being firmly set against the ground, the other end rushed up through the cab where the engineer was sitting, tearing out the front window of the cab and going through the roof. It was a elose call, but no one was hurt.

NOVEMBER 15, 1871 - Daily State Register
The Railroad. - The graders on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad have commenced work near the Back Action mill, about two miles beyond Washoe City: Grading and tunneling are also going on actively between this city and the divide between here and Washoe Lake. Unless a severe Winter should retard operations greatly the cars will run through from Reno to Virginia City by the first of May next. So moto it be.

NOVEMBER 16, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
The Railroad. - The Carson Register says: The graders on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad have commenced work near the Back Action Mill, about two miles beyond Washoe City. Grading and tunneling are also going on actively between this city and the divide between here and Washoe Lake. Unless a severe Winter should retard operations greatly, the cars will ron through from Reno to Virginia City by the 1st of May next. So mote it be.

NOVEMBER 18, 1871 - Reno Cresent
Steamboat Items.
The V. & T. R. R. are filling in on the east side of their depot for the purpose of building a road to connect with the Virginia road.
V. & T. R. R. Work on the V. & T. R. R. between Steamboat and Carson is being pushed forward as rapidly as possible. The quicker it is done the better both for the company and the people.

NOVEMBER 23, 1871 - Reno Cresent
DULL.
Our citizens complain of the dull times and attribute them to the completion of the V.& T. R. R. to Steamboat, but a survey of the country road about, develops the fact that the same complaints prevail to an alarming extent everywhere. The only remedy for hard timesis in working harder and spending less.

NOVEMBER 29, 1871 - Daily State Register
Stage Time. - The stage for Steamboat Sprints now leaves here at 7 o'clock in the evening, and returning leaves Steamboat at 3 o'clock in the morning, arriving here between 5:30 and 6 o'clock. Under the new arrangement passengers reach Reno in time to strike the passenger trains going both ways, and passengers and mails are returned from both trains without delay. For this are we indebted to the accommodating spirit of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company.

DECEMBER 7, 1871 - Daily State Register
V. and T. - The grading on the Reno and Carson division of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad is being vigorously pushed, not withstanding the late storm. The whole force on hand not being available in the canyon between Washoe City and Steamboat Spring, thirty or forty Chinamen were a day or two since, transfered to two tunnels near the divide, three miles from this city, thus increasing the working force at that point to seventy or eighty men.

DECEMBER 10, 1871 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
New Locomotives. - The NEWS says The Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company have contracted for two more first class locomotives, which will soon arrive from the East and be put to work on the road. They will be the first to start in on the track at the Reno end, and will come to Gold Hill and Virginia for the first time when the road is all completed by way of Steamboat and Carson.

DECEMBER 23, 1871 - Reno Cresent
Railroad Damage. Tuesday morning the V. & T. R. R. cars for Steamboat were compelled to return to Reno, on account of damage done to the road by the rain. It is reported that about one hundred yards of embankment is washed away, this side of Andersen's. All day Tuesday hands were at word strengthening the abutment at the south end of the bridge over the Truekee. The sudden rise of the river to full banks, and the continued rain, suggesting the necessity of prompt action. On Friday morning, temporary repairs having been made, the cars again resumed running to Steamboat; but as another and heavier storm is brewing, communication will again, in all probability, be cut off.




JANUARY 9, 1872 - Daily State Register
Fire. - At 5:30 Sunday evening the gas from a gasoline reservoir or tank in the Virginia and Truckee Railroad office took fire, and soon communicated the flames to the floor of the building. The alarm was given and both fire companies turned out, but the flames were extinguished before they reached the ground, chiefly through the efforts and the presence of mind of Wilburn Hawthorn, who received a black eye by running against the bracket of a shelf while rushing into a back room for blankets.

JANUARY 13, 1872 - Daily State Register
Grading Suspended. - All the graders on the line of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad between this city and Steamboat Springs were withdrawn yesterday, except those engaged on the tunnels between here and Washoe Valley. This was rendered necessary by the continued bad weather. Work will be prosecuted on the tunnels until they are completed, regardless of storms. And when the tunnels are finished sixty days will suffice to complete the grading over the whole route.

JANUARY 20, 1872 - Daily State Register
New Freight Route. - For some time freight teams loading at Steamboat for Virginia have been coming through Washoe Valley, cutting across just north of this city and striking the Virginia road at Empire. Preparations are now being made to send all through freight by this route hereafter. A number of persons interested in the freighting business have combined and are putting the road along the eastern shore of Washoe Lake in excellent condition, and when it is completed all freight for Virginia, Gold Hill, Silver City, Dayton and other points convenient to the Virginia and Truckee Railroad will come this way, some teams driving through to the destination of the freight while many will transfer their burdens to the cars at this point.

JANUARY 26, 1872 - Daily State Register
Steamboat Spring. Early morning scene in Summer, sketched by the author, from the ridge on the west, looking northeast, is another elegant painting possessing rare merit and great loeal interest. In the immediate foreground are straggling clumps of the inevitable sagebrush, with intervening vistas of the bare white earth, and then the stage road, on which, headed for Carson, is a 14 mule team drawing a huge freight wagon, with two heavy "back actions" and a small provender wagon attached. This is to immortalize the primitive mode of transportation. Beyond the road is the bare, white plateau, and then the long parallel crevices, from which some forty columns and jets of white steam leap up against and above the blue background of distant hills, and, losing their density, blend harmoniously with the radiant beauty of the eastem horizon over which the auroral light of morn is playing. Off to the right and beyond the creek is the little valley with its cozy farms, then the straggling timber of the foothills, and beyond and above all the dark blue outlines of Mount Davidson.

FEBRUARY 3, 1872 - Virginia Evening Chronicle
New Firm. W. S. Bender having resigned his place in the employ of the Central Pacific Railroad company, has purchased an interest in the business of the Depot Hotel. Bender is a good business man, but whether he can keep a hotel or no, remains to be seen.

FEBRUARY 13, 1872 - Daily State Register
Work Resumed. - Superintendent Yerington sent out yesterdaya force of about 100 Chinamen to resume work on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, between this city and Reno, this side of the tunnel. The force will be increased as fast as men can be got on the ground.

FEBRUARY 14, 1872 - Daily State Register
V. & T. R. R. - Superintendent Yerington promises to have the connection of the road completed, and cars running through from Reno to Virginia by the first of July, The lone tunnel will be finished by the 10th of next month. Superintendent Yerington went to San Francisco on railroad business.

MARCH 7, 1872 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
The Railroad. - The NEWS of last evening says: A large additional force of Chinese laborers has been recently put at work on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad between Steamboat and Carson. The main tunnel is completed; a shipload of rails has recently arrived at San Francisco - enough to lay ten miles; the grading between Steamboat and Washoe City is in an advanced state of completion, and trains will be running over that section of the route before the 1st of July. The entire work is being pushed forward with the utmost energy.

MARCH 20, 1872 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Travel between this city and Steamboat is again lively. Should the present fair weather continue Woodruff & Ennor will soon be obliged to run extra stages over their route.
Stages and Express. - To-day and until further notice Woodruff & Ennor's stages, with passenger, mails and express, will leave this city for Steamboat at 3 o'clock P. M.

MARCH 23, 1872 - Virginia Evening Chronicle
Virginia and Truckee Railroad. - The Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company are rapidly pushing ahead that portion of their road lying between Reno and Carson. About 800 men are at work between Washoe Lake andCarson, but 200 more men will be set to work in a few days-that is, as soon as the weather becomes settled.

APRIL 10, 1872 - Virginia Evening Chronicle
Steamboat Items. - The new locomotive Washoe, for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, has been taken to pieces and will be shipped to Carson to-morrow by Tom Long's three teams. The Railroad Company has a large number of carpenters at work, under George W. White, at Steamboat, engaged in getting out timbers for the road to Washoe City. If the weather remains good until Monday next, the stages from this city and Carson will leave so as to arrive at Steamboat at 10:30 P.M., the trains of the Virginia and Truckee leaving there at 11 P.M., and, after connecting with the east and west trains of the Central Pacific will return to Steamboat at 2:30 in the morning. This will give close connections and avoid delay in Reno. The Steamboat Forwarding Company is shipping about eighty-five tons of freight daily, and the various fast freight lines about twenty-five, making in all about 110 tons daily. C. W. Cullen, proprietor of the Steamboat Springs, is building a large swimming bath house at the springs, which "Nasby" pronounces "a big thing."

APRIL 13, 1872 - Daily State Register
Change. -The C. P. R. R. Co. have removed their ticket office from the Depot Hotel to their Telegraph office on the platform. The Company are now also building a set of track scales on the side-track adjoining the Central depot.

APRIL 14, 1872 - Daily State Register
New Locomotive. - A new locomotive arrived from Steamboat Springs yesterday. Mr. Bowker, a practical engineer, is now engaged in setting it up. It is called the Washoe, and is intended to run on the V. & T. R. R. It is a very handsomely fitted up engine, especially the cab or house for the engineer. The Washoe is of the same size and capacity as the Ormsby and Nevada.

APRIL 15, 1872 - Virginia Evening Chronicle
Who They Are. - The officers of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company, at Steamboat, are: William J. Westerfield, Agent; A. O. Hallstead, Chief Clerk, and William Henry, Operator. Of the Steamboat Forwarding Company: Robert W. Ash, General Manager; Caleb S. Jordan, Bookkeeper, and John Forbes and Birdsall, Check Clerks.



APRIL 19, 1872 - Daily State Register
Chinese Villages. -In different places along the line of the Washoe branch of the V. & T. R. R. are located Chinese camps. Seen from a distance they seem to be little towns in embryo, although a nearer approach proves the nationality of the dwellers therein, without the necessity of asking questions. This class of foreigners are employed in grading and in every other capacity in which they can be used to advantage. In tunneling and mechanical work white men are employed. Mr. Yerington informs us that the road will not be completed before the first of August next.

APRIL 21, 1872 - Daily State Register
The New engine. - The new locomotive Washoe was yesterday got to the track and up to the round house. She makes a fine appearance. The Washoe will commence her work on Tuesday next, if not before. We have not yet ascertained the name of her engineer or conductor.

APRIL 24, 1872 - Virginia Evening Chronicle
Freight. - Two hundred tons of freight was unloaded from the cars of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, at Steamboat, yesterday.

MAY 6, 1872 - Virginia Evening Chronicle
Washoe Division. - The business of the Virginia and Truekee Railroad (finished from Reno to Steamboat Springs) for the month of April last past was considerable, the receipts for the month at Steamboat being 4,564,536 pounds of merehandise, 985,418 pounds grain, 175,900 pounds coal, 778,500 feet of lumber, 180,000 shingles, and three cars loaded with livestock.

MAY 7, 1872 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
The Railroad. The News of last evening says: "A large additional force of Chinese laborers has been recently put at work on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad between Steamboat and Carson. The main tunnel is completed; a ship-load of rails has recently arrived at San Francisco - enough to lay ten miles; the grading between Steamboat and Washoe City is in an advanced state of completion and trains will be running over that section of the road before the 1st of July. The entire work is being pushed forward with the utmost energy."

MAY 8, 1872 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Killed by a Blast. - The Gold Hill News of last evening says: Yesterday afternoon a man by the name of Vevar, employed in grading on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad about 3 1/2 miles north of Carson City, was killed in blasting rocks. He was immediately over the blast when it was recharged, but whether engaged in tamping it, drilling out and old charge or wheter the unfortunate man was killed by the premature discharge of the blast, our informant was unable to state. He was consterably mangled and his death was instantaneous. We understand that he has a brother employed in the Belcher mine.

MAY 8, 1872 - Virginia Evening Chronicle
Increasing. The business of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, between Steamboat Springs and Reno, is rapidly increasing, and four trains a day are now ron over the road.

MAY 9, 1872 - Daily State Register
Nasby in Town. -Yesterday morning, our young and handsorne friend Nasby, arrived in town by stage from Steamboat Springs. He reports all well at the depot and business lively. Seven car loads of railroad iron have arrived at Steamboat for the V. & T. R. R. The chances are that Steamboat Springs will be a lively place for the whole of the coming summer.

MAY 14, 1872 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Reno Division. -The business of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad (which is finished from Reno to Steamboat) for the month of April last, was considerable, the receipts for the month at Steamboat being 4,564,586 pounds of merchandise, 985,418 pounds of grain, 175,000 pounds of coal, 778,500 feet of lumber, 180.000 shingles and three cars loaded with live stock.

MAY 15, 1872 - Virginia Evening Chronicle
Change of Base. -Charles Stoddard, who for the past three years has been messenger between Reno and San Francisco, for Wells, Fargo & Co., has resigned that position and accepted a clerkship in the Virginia and Truckee Railroad office at Steamboat.
The Delano Party. -Secretary Delano, of the Interior Department, and General McDonald of St. Louis, left here this morning by carriage for Carson, and will proceed thence to Steamboat, where their special Silver Palace sleeping car awaits to carry them eastward. While in this city these distinguished gentlemen and their wives were the guests of General C.C. Batterman, who, assisted by other prominent citizens, showed them the sights of the Comstock. General Batterman accompanied the party to Carson this morning.
In a short time the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company will have 5,000 ties on the ground at Washoe, and the same number at Steamboat ready to lay down as fast as the grading is completed. The company have let contracts to furnish all the ties needed, and the contractors are ready to deliver when wanted.

MAY 16, 1872 - Daily State Register
The V. & T. R. R. -Mr. Holmes, the manager of the works on the Washoe branch of the road, informed us yesterday that by the 20th of August next the road will be completed into Carson City. We imagine this may be taken for granted, for no man can know more about the new road that Mr. Holmes who has had the entire management of the construction of it. Hurrah for the road and the good time coming.

MAY 17, 1872 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Quite a crown of railroad men, telegraph operators, engineers and the like "gay boys" came up from Steamboat last evening by special coach, for the purpose of attending the entertainment at the Opera House. The magic fountain, the Majiltons, the "shadow dance" and other attractions doubtless well repaid them for their trip over the Geiger. Their friends in Steamboat telegraphed to this city, "Look out for a stage-load of Steamboat Hoodlums," tried to stir up our policemen and to play all manner of tricks with the party, hut we believe they escaped all the snares of the enemy, which was doubtless owing to the fact that they were all men who are "free from guile. "

MAY 21, 1872 - Virginia Evening Chronicle
Train Parted. -On Sunday last a train of thirteen box cars, which left Reno on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, parted a coupling between the fifth and sixth cars, about two miles this side of Reno, and the engine and five cars came on to Steamboat before the engineer discovered that he had lost his conductor (Foy) and the rear brakeman. On running back, the engineer found the boys browsing on the meadows.

MAY 23, 1872 - Carson Daily Appeal
From Steamboat. -H. P. Krause, more familiarly known as the immortal "Nasby," arrived in town by stage from Steamboat, yesterday morning, at which depot he is general freight agent. We are grieved to announce that our esteemed friend is somewhat indisposed. He complains of an affection of the inner part of his left side. We trust that his somewhat frequent visits to Carson may prove efficiouscious in alleviating his pain and restore him shortly to his pristine beauty.

MAY 24, 1872 - Virginia Evening Chronicle Buggy Upset. -At 12:30 this afternoon, as John M. Elder, Steamboat Agent of Woodruff & Ennor's stage line, was proceeding mome over the Geiger Grade, in a buggy drawn by a fractious team, he met a wagon loaded with wood, at which his team became frightened and shied over the grade. The buggy was upset and Mr. Elder precipitated down the embankment, escaping with a cut across the forehead and a bruised leg. The buggy and team not being injured, Elder righted things up and proceeded on his journey.

MAY 27, 1872 - Virginia Evening Chronicle
New Express Office. - The lively little town of Steamboat has been seven months without a post or express office, and to accommodate the people thereabouts, Wells, Fargo & Co. will establish an office at that place to-day, with Charles Stoddard as agent. A good movement, and a good appointment.
No Sabe. -As a hand car loaded with Chinamen was going at full speed down the railroad from Steamboat toward Reno, last night, two of the Celestials tumbled off. Further than the derangement of their toilets and the crushing of their Dolly Varden hats, they were not injured.
There are sixty car load of iron at Rocklin and sixty more at Truckee, for the Virginia and Truekee Railroad.

A Washoe brave was run over by a hand-car, near Reno, on Wednesday last, and is now in a fair way of joining his fathers in the happy hunting grounds.


MAY 28, 1872 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
The Virginia and Truckee Railroad. - There are now 600 Chinamen at work on that part of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad lying between Steamboat and Carson. The track will be graded through to Washoe by June 20, and next Saturday they will begin laying track from Steamboat to Washoe. By the 1st of July all the grading from Steamboat to Carson will be completed. The work is being pushed most vigorously at every point. In regard to the rolling stock on this end of the road we may mention that the locomotive "Nevada" is laid up at the round-house for repairs, and the "Virginia" is being repainted. The "Homboldt" is doing excellent service since leaving the repair shop. A new locomotive to be called the "Reno" is expected shortly from Philadelphia. It will be used in drawing passenger train.

MAY 28, 1872 - Virginia Evening Chronicle
Opposition. -Pollard is running an accommodation stage to Reno, and Woodruff & Ennor have put on another, which runs to Steamboat and there connects with a train of cars which leaves immediately on the arrival of the stage. Both stages leave the International at 4 o'clock P. M.
Track Laying. - Track laying has been commenced on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad above Steamboat, and the cars can now run one mile above the depot.

JUNE 29, 1872 - Daily State Register
V. & T. R. R. - From G. W. White, foreman carpenter on the Washoe branch of the railroad, we learn that the cars will run into Washoe City by the Fourth of July. The big cut in the canyon below Washoe, is being pushed ahead, night and day, and all will be completed by the time specified. The carpenters are now at work constructing a bridge at Ophir. The people of Carson may expect the road completed during the month of August.

JUNE 29, 1872 - Gold Hill News
The Railroad Track. - The Reno Journal of Saturday said: Track laying on the Virginia and Truckee Rallroad from Washoe onward it is said commences on Monday next. Grading on the road is completed to beyond Bowers'. The big cut in the rear of the old Court House at Washoe, which has delayed operations so long a time was finished day before yesterday and nothing now hinders the work of track laying from being pushed vigorously ahead. It will not be long ere we can go to Carson by rail - inside of sixty days.

JULY 6, 1872 - Reno Cresent
The First. - On Monday last the shrill whistle of the locomotive awoke the echoes of Washoe City for the first time. It is said that when the unaccustomed sound startled the denizens of that sleepy village, they fled in terror, believing that the last day bad come, and that Gabriel had blown his horn.

JULY 13, 1872 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
New Passenger Locomotive. - The new passenger locomotive "Reno," which recently arrived from the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, has been put in working order by Mr. Bowker, master mechanic of the road, and is making her regular trips between Reno and Steamboat. She was built at a cost of $12.000 and is unquestionably the finest locomotive on the Pacific Coast.
Serious Accident. - Yesterday, on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, a serious accident occurred, resulting in six Chinamen being killed and two wounded. The mishap occurred three miles from Carson City, at a tunnel which is being excavated on the new road from Carson to Reno, and situated between the old Lake View House and Mill Station. It appears that a blast had been set for the removal of a quantity of rock and dirt which obstructed the operations of the Chinamen. Some minutes having elapsed from the time the fire was applied to the fuse, and no explosion occurring, they thought probably the fire had gone out, and several of them started to relight the fuse. Just as they reached the blast a terrific explosion occurred, killing six of the Chinamen and badly wounding two others. The accident created great consternation among the remaining Chinamen. No blame is attached to anyone. So says the dispatch sent us last night by Ah Kim, a Chinaman of reputation, now on the railroad.

JULY 13, 1872 - Daily State Register
Accident and Loss of Life. - Yesterday afternoon, about 4 o'clock, an accident occured on the line of the V. & T. R. R. to the northwest of town, whereby seven Chinamen were instantly killed and another so badly injured as to prevent his recovery. The facts, so far as we have been able to learn them, are these: Wash Small, foreman of a gang of Celestials on the road, put his men to move some powder to a safer distance from the works. While in the act of moving the powder some were spilled, and it is supposed the nails in the booots of the Chinamen coming in contact with the loose powder, ignited it, which communicated with the whole lot, causing the explosion. There were two reports, one keg exploding some seconds before the general explosion, during which time Wash, Small, with wonderful presence of mind, jumped down a bank, a distance of sixty feet, escaping with his life. The bodies were terribly mutilated, and presented a ghastly spectacle. Superintendent Yerington and J. J. Holmes, repaired immediately to the scene of the disaster on receipt of the news.
V. & T. R. R. - The laying of the track of the V. & T. R. R., from Washoe City, will be commenced the latter part of this week, and it is thought the road will be connected at Carson City some time next month.

JULY 20, 1872 - Daily State Register
The Rape Course. - From parties who have come from Washoe Valley since the outrage was perpetrated that we spoke of yesterday, we learn that Theo. Winters' little girl, about ten years of age, was driving her father's cows home, and while so doing, was hailed by a man on the road who motioned her toward him. She went to where the brute was, when he seized her and attempted to outrage her person, but was prevented from so doing by her struggling and screams for assistance. Her cries brought some men to the spot, who were mowing in the field close by, who had been watching the monster, thinking all was not right. On seeing assistance for the child at hand, the fellow took to his heels and was followed up by the man, who overtook him at Washoe City and administered to him a sound thrashing. Mr. Winters on hearing of the affair, started for the place armed with a shotgun, and shot the would be outrager. The child is not seriously hurt, but it is though the man will not recover from the wound received at the hands of the enraged parent. The man has been working on the line of the railroad running through Washoe Valley and is very little known.

JULY 27, 1872 - Daily State Register
V. & T. R. R. - The Washoe extension of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad is fast approaching completion. Work is being pushed as fast as possible, a large force of workmen being employed on the construction, and it is thought the road will be finished from Reno to Carson by the first of September next. The tunnel through the hill dividing Eagle and Washoe valleys is already finished, and the company will commence laying rails south from Washoe City, the present termini of the road, on Monday next. The grading is not all done yet, as the railroad company are managing the work so as to have the grading done and the rails laid about the same time. The gentlemen superintending the work are worthy of much credit for their exertions to finish the road, as no doubt Carson City will be greatly benefited by its early completion.

JULY 31, 1872 - Daily State Register
The Great Track Layer. -D. J. SulHyan, who is now engaged laying the track between Washoe City and Carson, is the same man that laid down all the iron on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad thus far, except that part of the road between Steamboat and Washoe City. He also performed the work of track laying on the entire length of the Central Pacific Railroad, and is claimed to be the swiftest, as well as the best, in the United States. We don't care how fast he performs the work on the balance of the road. The sooner he completes the work the better.

AUGUST 7, 1872 - Gold Hill News
New Cars for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. - The Truckee REPUBUCAN of Tuesday gives the following item of interest to us of this section: Two baggage and two passenger cars for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad passed through here on Monday. They were built in San Francisco by the Kimball Manufacturing Company, in charge of S. Atkinson, the master car guilder. Atkinson is the man who constructed the famous Kimball palace car, which was destroyed at the Chicago fire. The passenger cars for the Virginia and Truckee road are beautifully furnished on the inside with a combination of California laurel, redwood and maple. These woods were so highly polished that they reflected objects with all the perfection of mirrors. The finish of these cars is fully equal if not better than that of any or the cars of Eastern make, and very naturally Californians feel proud of them.

AUGUST 9, 1872 - Daily State Register
Progressing. -Track laying on the V. & T. R. R. in Washoe Valley is progressing rapidly. The track was completed as far as the Bowers' Mansion on Tuesday last, and efforts were being made to have the cars running into Franktown last evening. The grading is nearly all finished and but little time will elapse are the connection will be made at Carson City.

AUGUST 10, 1872 - Reno Cresent
V. & T. - Track laying on this road has progressed as far as Ophir, it is understood, however, that trains will not run beyond Steamboat until the connection is made at Carson City. The company have commenced the erection of a substantial fence enclosing their track.

AUGUST 10, 1872 - Daily State Register
Rails. - The V. & T. R. R. Co. are hauling rails into Carson for use in the construction of the Washoe extension of the road.

AUGUST 11, 1872 - Daily State Register
Coming Right Along. - The track laying on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad is being pushed forward at a rapid rate. Track layers were two miles south of Franktown last night. We are promised a locomotive over the road, from Reno to the depot in Carson City on the night of the 24th of this month. Our information is from one "who knows;" he never told a lie; he doesn't know how.

AUGUST 15, 1872 - Daily State Register
SHALL WE CELEBRATE?
We are assured by Superintendent Yerington that trains will be running from Reno to Carson by the 25th of this month. In view of this fact, and of the present and prospective advantages afforded our city by the completion of this road, we suggest to the citizens here that some steps be taken toward appropriately celebrating the entrance of the first passenger train from Reno into Carson. Let us have a grand time; invite our Reno and Virginia friends down to see us, and do something worthy the the occasion. Not even the most bitter opponents of the railroad management will deny that its completion from Virginia city to this place was the initial step toward a new lease of prosperity for our city, and even the most stupid will hardly assert that the prospective advantages to result by its extension to and connection with the Central Pacific Railroad, will not be far more beneficial, productive of still more rapid increase in population and materially enlarge the opportunities for our merchants and business men to extend their operations. When the line of telegraph was first completed to Carson our citizens made it the occasion for a gala day. Surely the completion of rail connection to San Francisco and New York is more worthy of celebration. The gas company have completed their work, and the Hall of Moore & Parker will, by that time, be lighted with gas, and dancists can worthily vie with the speed of the locomotive in tripping the light fantastic. It has been somewhat dull here, lately, and we think it not only due to the enterprise exhibited by the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company to celebrate in Some fitting manner the completion of their line, but also that the citizens of Carson are in need of a little wholesome recreation and amusement. We hope to hear from Some one on this subject.

AUGUST 16, 1872 - Daily State Register
Explanation. - In an item in yesterday's issue, suggesting the propriety of a jollification on the completion of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad between this city and Reno, we stated that trains would be running from Reno to this place by the 25th of this month. Although the track will be laid down the entire distance between the two points at the time designated, Mr. Yerington informs us that no freight or passengers trains will be run through until the 15th or 20th of next month, inasmuch as a good portion of the road running through Washoe Valley passes over a spongy and loomy soil, which will require that length of time, with a large force of men, to tamp or ballast the road bed. If this necessary precaution was lett unattended to the road would become useless in the Winter season. A very large force of men is employed on the road, the company using every effort possible tending to its speedy completion. Somewhere about the 15th or 20th of next month, we may reasonably expect the road to be ready for permanent business - both passenger and freight.

AUGUST 16, 1872 - Carson Register
We hear from Mr. Yerington, Superintendent of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, that although the track will be completed through from Steamboat to Carson by the 25th instant, so that construction trains can pass over the entire length of the road, yet no freight or passenger trains will be ron through until the 15th or 20th of next month. Inasmuch as a good portion of the road running through Washoe Valley passes over a spongy and loamy soil which will require that length of time with a large force of men to tamp or ballast the road bed. If this necessary precaution was left unattended to, the road would become useless in the Winter season. A very large force of men is employed on the road, the company using every effort possible tending to its speedy completion. Somewhere about the 15th or 20th of next month we may reasonably expect the road to be ready for permanent business - both passenger and freight.

AUGUST 17, 1872 - Daily State Register
Approaching. - The track of the V. & T. R. R. between Carson and Steamboat is laid this side of Simons' ranch, in Washoe Valley. In a few days rails will be laid through the tunnel near the Lake View House, and soon we shall see the construction trains bounding round the hills northwest of Carson.

AUGUST 22, 1872 - Daily Territorial Enterprise Virginia and Truckee Railroad. - Passenger and freight trains will not run from Reno to this city before October 1, notwithstanding the fact that the laying of the track will be completed to Carson in two or three days. Nearly the whole of the Reno division from Steamboat to Carson is yet to be ballasted, and until this work is completed only construction trains will be run over the road. A day or two since a construction train, carrying too heavy a load, did considerable damage below Washoe City by bending the rails; therefore heavy freight and passenger trains will not be put on until the road is completely ballasted.

AUGUST 23, 1872 - Daily State Register
Signal. - We will endeavor to ascertain, as near as possible, the time the first locomotive over the Reno Division of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, will reach the depot at this city, for mention in tomorrow's issue. We would suggest that some sort of signal be given - the ringing of bells or the firing of a cannon, or both. Those engaged in superintending and performing the work on the road will undoubtedly appreciate a reception of some kind. It would signify; at lest, a gladness that we are connected by rail with New York city and San Francisco. It is an important event to Carson, therefore let us unite in acknowledging the fact in some manner. When the work of ballasting the road is completed, so that an excursion train can pass over with safety, a big jollification will take place, at which time the people of this city and Reno will hold a little camp meeting.

AUGUST 24, 1872 - Daily State Register

THE JUBILEE TO-DAY!
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The Great Work Finished!
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Carson City Connected with San
Francisco and New York
By Rail!! 
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THE FIRST THROUGH TRAIN
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Its reception by the Citizens of
Carson City!!
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The long-looked for day has arrived. The Reno Division of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad will be completed to-day, somewhere between the hours of 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock P.M., or at least the work of laying the track will be completed at that time. As we have already stated, the company will not put on passenger and freight trains regularly until the 15th or 20th of September; in the meantime the road will be ballasted, and everything will then go on in a systematic manner. As near as we were able to ascertain, at a late hour last evening, the programme of ceremonies for the event will be, as follows; That shortly before the connection is made with the Virginia Division of the road, at a point one mile west of this city, word will be sent to town and a delegation of citizens will repair to the depot, and then and there take passage on a car, to be furnished by the company, to go forward and strike hands with the construction locomotive Storey; and, after the last spike is driven, and an exchange of {illegible) superintendents and workers to the Carson depot, extending a hearty welcome home to all concerned in the great enterprise. Cannons and stem whistles will signal the arrival of the party at the depot. We hope the program will be carried out, and that the citizens of Carson may never have occasion to regret the way that Carson City was connected by rail, with the Pacific and Atlantic company.

AUGUST 25, 1872 - Daily State Register

Virginia & Truckee R. R. Completed
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LAST SPIKE DRIVEN
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GRAND JOLLIFICATION!
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At twenty minutes before 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the last spike was driven on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, one mile west of Carson City in the presence of five hundred persons.
At 4 o'clock a train of cars left the depot, loaded with citizens of the town, to a point where the Reno Division connects with the Virginia Division of the road, where the ceremonies of driving the long looked for last spike took place. On arriving on the ground, the crowd on board left the cars and surrounded the workmen who were busily engaged arranging for the final drive.
H. M. Yerington, Superintendent of the road, and I. E. James, Civil Engineer, each with a sledge, performed the work of driving the last spike on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, which was done with a will and (except an occasional mislick by Yerington,) in a workman like manner, followed by three rousing cheers from the crowd present.
Next in order, was the clearing the track of the train from Carson, in order to give the construction locomotive Storey an opportunity to move on to the track leading to town, and in order that she might have the honor of drawing the first train into town - she being the pioneer locomotive from Reno. Before starting, however, a large number of persons repaired to a caboose car in the rear, when Hon. C. N. Harris was called on to gay a few words in recognition of the eventful occasion, and although brief and impromptu the words spoken were full of "meaning and creditable to the speaker. The Capital Brass Band then struck up a lively tune, that infused all present with life and enthusiasm. Wine and toasts were next in course, and in short order several baskets of champagne and etceteras, furnished by Messrs. H. M. Yerington, Gibson and Meder, Geo. D. Fryer and Bright & Simpson, were indulged in, when all appeared to appreciate too great importance prompting the occasion.
Signals being given for starting, all hands got on board, and from the top of a box car the Band played until the train reached the depot, at which place the remaining refreshments were placed on the platform and everybody invited to partake thereof.
Much credit is due to the indomitable perseverance of H. M. Yerington, Superintendent, J. J. Holmes, construction superintendent, I. E. James, Civil Engineer, and D. J. Sullivan, superintending track layer, for the completion of this great enterprise in such a short space of time.
Although the track is laid from Virginia to Reno, the Reno Division will not be used for the running of regular trains until about the 15th of September, as that length of time will be required in which to ballast the road over which to pass with safety. Altogether the completion of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad is a work of great magnitude; and, all things considered, no doubt, will prove beneficial to the company and those living along its line, and eventually become paying property. Now, that the road is completed, we trust that the company and its patrons may work hand in hand for each other's interest and convenience.


SEPTEMBER 2, 1872 - Gold Hill Daily News
The First Through Trains. - Although the connection between the Reno and Virginia sections of the railroad was made at Carson a week ago, yet the newly laid portion of the track having to be ballasted and put in the most through and substantial order, no regular freight or passenger trains will run over it until about the 15th of this month. Yesterday the first through train, over the entire length of the road, from Reno to Virginia, arrived at GFold Hill at 1:15 P. M., stopped a short time and passed on. It consisted of a fine new passenger car and bagage car, drawn by the locomotive Reno. The passengers were Hon. William Sharon, Hon. F. A. Tritle and family, and Dr. Zeiler of San Francisco. The train stopped at Virginia only about half an hour, and returned to Reno, the passengers remaining at Virginia. The locomotive Reno is the largest and best on the road - equal to the best on the Central Pacific. It is finished in very tasteful and handsome style, the cylinders being trimmed off with brass and all the other work elaborately and elegantly finished, On the occassion the Reno was beautifully decorated with flowers, wreaths, ribbons, flags, etc., and looked splenidly, attracting a large crowd at the depot.

SEPTEMBER 3, 1872 - Daily State Register
A Special Train from Reno. -A special train came in from Reno, on Sunday forenoon, consisting of the locomotive Reno, baggage and passenger cars - all new, and their first appearance in this city. The locomotive and passenger car show a decided improvement on the old ones used between this place and Virginia; the passenger car will compare favorably with anything of the kind in the United States. Four of these cars are ready for use once the road is opened.

SEPTEMBER 9, 1872 - New Daily Appeal
FIRST RAILWAY FREIGHT FROM RENO.
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The press and materials upon which the NEW APPEAL are printed were brought here (through the considerate courtesy of Superintendent Yerington to whom we ...(illegible) the urgent need of an delivery of our freight) from Reno, ... all the way by rail. They shipped on a Tuesday morning, and arrived here on Thursday morning - after laying over one day at Steamboat. While thus publicly acknowledging our obligations to Mr. Yerington for having so materially aided us in getting, once more, on a war footing, we congratulate our fellow townsmen upon the near approach of the time when San Francisco freights will be landed here in twenty-four hours from the time oftheir shipment at the Bay, and when those of us who shall desire to travel toward the East or West may be able to do so by such accommodations as are equal to the best of those enjoyed in the most favored communities. Carson is now bound by the ever-sympathetic bond of railway iron with the busy maris both of the Atlantic and Pacific; and this, the well-chosen capitol of Nevada, is no longer isolated from the other towns and cities of the coast but is quite as accessible as any point within the limits of the Pacific States. And in this place and connection we venture the prediction that Carson will not only sustain, for many years to come, the reputation of being one of the most sound and solvent towns west of the Rocky Mountains, but that it will steadily and with assured and healthful strides become, in a not very distant day, one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the interior. Meantime, a speedy and successful inauguration of our more enlarged railway facilities.

SEPTEMBER 9, 1872 - Gold Hill News
The Railroad. - The Carson Register says: The main Track of the V. & T. R. R. , running from the connection of the Reno division, is laid east of the depot of the company, and in a few days will complete the work to the old Virginia track at or near the Clear Creek switch. The platform now being built at the depot is almost finished, and the new depot building will no doubt be commenced. Trains will begin to run regularly over the road about the 15th of the month.

SEPTEMBER 12, 1872 - New Daily Appeal
DISTINGUSHED ARRIVALS.
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Yesterday at about 4 o'clock P. M, Col. Tom Scott and party arrived in Carson City via the V. & T. R. R. from Reno and California. Accompanying his own business car was one of the Pullman Palace dining room coaches and one of the silver palace sleeping cars of the C. P. R. R. The little I. E. James brought them in and apparently had a full load. Col. Scott' s party consisted of some seventeen persons, among whom were Senator Sherman of Ohio, Governor Thockmorton of Texas, T. A. Goodman, the general ticket agent of the C. P. R. R., and other friends of Colonel Scott, and many of them accompanying him the whole trip from the East. The party intended to go through to Virginia yesterday, but as we understood, were informed that they could not get accommodations at that place, and as they could not take these mammoth palaces over the short curves, through the deep cuts and tunnels o the road to Virginia, remained here all night, and to-day will take passage in a coach of the V. & T. R. R. and visit Virginia, Gold Hill and the mines. Tonight they will return and take their own cars for the East, as they are now on the home trip. The visit of these distinguished gentlemen is one of pleasure and amusement only, so far as Nevada is concerned, but we are pleased to see them and glad they came this way. We hope they will see our mines to-day and our log mills, and when they return East, think better of the pioneers of the desert.

SEPTEMBER 13, 1872 - Daily State Register
The Pullman Car. - The appearance of a Pullman car, for the first time, in Carson, day before yesterday, created quite a sensation among our citizens. Quite a number of them rushed to the railroad depot and inspected the car thoroughly. It makes the old settlers feel good to think that such improvements have really come to pass.

SEPTEMBER 17, 1872 - Daily State Register
Virginia and Truckee Railroad. - On the 1st of October regular freight and passenger trains will commens running between Virginia and Reno.

OCTOBER 1, 1872 - New Daily Appeal
Railroad Trains. -Commencing today, the V. & T. R. R. company will run a passenger train from Reno to Virginia, and return each day as follows: Leaves Virginia at 9 o'clock P. M. arriving in Carson at 10:30, leaves Carson at 10:45 arrives in Reno at 12:15. Returning, leaves Reno att2:30 A. M. arrives at Carson at 4:15, leaves Carson at 4:30, arrives in Virginia at 5:45. There will be two freight trains through from Reno to Virginia, daily, and return. The time of arrivals and departures of these trains will be noticed hereafter.

OCTOBER 2, 1872 - New Daily Appeal
The First Train Through. -The first passenger train through from Reno arrived at Carson at 4:15 yesterday morning. The train consisted of Locomotive "Reno,» one mail and express car, one baggage car, and two passenger cars. The train was under the control of Conductor Harry Shrieves, and brought in about eighty passengers.

OCTOBER 2, 1872 - Daily State Register
First Through Train. - The first through passenger train over the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, yesterday morning, had two passenger cars and a caboose, filled with people. The passengers were mostly citizens of Carson and Virginia. Many of them arranged their business so as to travel on the first regular train. Those on board report the trip as being an unusually happy one - the passengers feeling good and the train making the trip on time and without the least mishap or irregularity. The road is now one of the realities, and much needed enterprises, of the State.

OCTOBER 3, 1872 - Daily State Register
A Lively Appearance. -Since the completion of the Reno Division of the V. &. T. R. R., Carson presents a lively appearance found and about the depot. Trains are arriving and departing continually, night and day, and the blowing of locomotive whistles, ringing of bells, and running of hacks and carriages to and from the hotels, makes one almost fancy themselves in some large metropolis, such as Sacramento or San Francisco.

OCTOBER 4, 1872 - Daily State Register
The Reno Division. -Great satisfaction is expressed by all those who have traveled the new railroad route from Carson City to Reno. They say it is a decided improvement on the old regime of riding in stages. There can be no doubt that the travel will be quadrupled from Reno to Carson in a few days. The great exodus to the southern mines which is bound to take place next Spring will in all probability go through this city instead of going by the Los Angeles route as heretofore.

OCTOBER 11, 1872 - Gold Hill News
Steamboat. - The railroad depot buildings at Steamboat Springs are being torn down and removed, not being needed there any more. The requisite building for a station will still be kept there for the accommodation of the business of that vicinity.

OCTOBER 12, 1872 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Steamboat Springs. - The railroad depot and buildings at Steamboat Springs are being demolished and the lumber removed. A regnisite building or a station will be kept there for the accommodation of the business of that locality.

OCTOBER 14, 1872 - New Daily Appeal
Railroad Freight House.
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The Virginia and Truckee Railroad Company have torn down their freight depot at Steamboat and brought the material to this polace and will erect it on the block east of the burnt hay yard in front of the mint. This building will be 100 feet long and about forty feet wide, and of the same size as formerly. Mr. Geo. W. White, the Superintendent of the bridge and mechanical department of the road, completed the tearing down of this building, and the material arrived in town on Saturday. It will be erected as soon as possible for the increase of business demands more room, and the Superintendent looks out for both the interest of the company and the public. We understand the Corbett Bros. have taken the contract to rebuild it and we may soon look for its completion, for they usually push tings.

NOVEMBER 30, 1872 - EC
Names Changed. - We understand that the names of the two locomotives of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad are to be changed from Ralstone and Sharon to Empire and Esmeralda.

NOVEMBER 30, 1872 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Scarcity of Cars. - The pressure of business is so great on the Central Pacific Railroad that they are unwilling to furnish platform cars for the transportation of wood and lumber over the Virginia and Truckee Railroad to this city.

MAY 2, 1873 - The Carson Daily Appeal
The Virginia and Truckee Railway Company are constructing a passenger station in Franktown, Bob Pixley, assisted by Ardery informed us of this entertaining and profitable fact.

NOVEMBER 6, 1875 - Daily Territorial Enterprise
Switch Changed. - Workmen were busy yesterday moving the switch that connects the V. & T. with the C. P. track, further up toward the Depot Hotel. It is thought that it will make it handier for the yard men.

NOVEMBER 14, 1876 - Nevada State Journal
Fire. - Yesterday morning the V. & T. section house just across the river caught fire and was soon in ashes. The Chines inmates scrambled out with their own effects. No alarm was given.

Source of information: Tom Smith.