Marlette Lake Water System

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Marlette Lake Water System
Marlette Lake dhReno.jpg
Marlette Lake above Lake Tahoe.
Location Roughly, from Marlette Lake E to NV 80, Carson City, Nevada
Nearest city Virginia City, Nevada
Area 135.4 acres (54.8 ha)
Built 1873
Architect Hermann Schussler
NRHP Reference # 92001162[1]
Added to NRHP September 16, 1992

The Marlette Lake Water System was created to provide water for the silver mining boom in Virginia City, Nevada. These structures are now listed as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The listed area included two contributing buildings and 12 contributing structures on 135.4 acres (54.8 ha). It has also been known historically as the Virginia City Gold Hill Water Company Water System.[1][2]

The mines required large amounts of water and timber to supply the houses and mines. To feed these mines, Marlette Lake, Hobart Reservoir, and Spooner Lake were built, and a number of flumes and pipelines were built to funnel the water down to Virginia City. The trail where the flume was located is now a trail for mountain biking and hiking.

The water system is now located inside Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Don Abbe (September 11, 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Marlette Lake Water System / Virginia City Gold Hill Water Company Water System" (PDF). National Park Service.  and accompanying 11 photos