Nevada State Route 341

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State Route 341 marker

State Route 341
Virginia City Highway
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length: 22.034 mi[1] (35.460 km)
Existed: 1976 – present
History: Toll road established 1862; SR 17 by 1929; SR 341 in 1976
Major junctions
South end: US 50 west of Dayton
North end:
US 395 Alt. / SR 431 in Reno
Highway system
  • Highways in Nevada
SR 340 SR 342

State Route 341 (SR 341) is a state highway in western Nevada connecting US 50 (US 50) near Dayton to Reno via Virginia City. Commonly known as the Virginia City Highway, or Geiger Grade north of Virginia City, the route has origins dating back to the 1860s.

Route description[edit]

View from the north end of SR 341 looking southbound

State Route 341 begins at a point along US 50 in Lyon County between Mound House and Dayton, about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the west of the latter. From this intersection, the highway proceeds north towards its south junction with SR 342 near Silver City. From here, SR 341 veers eastward around Silver City and Gold Hill, proceeds up the Occidental Grade, and bridges over the Virginia & Truckee Railroad at the site of that line's daylighted Tunnel #5 before reconnecting with SR 342 on the south side of Virginia City. The highway runs along C Street as it travels northward through Virginia City. SR 341 leaves Virginia City and travels northerly and westerly through winding sections on both sides of Geiger Summit. The highway then terminates just north of Steamboat at Tahoe Junction, a major signalized intersection with South Virginia Street/Carson-Reno Highway (US 395 Alt.) and Mount Rose Highway (SR 431).

The Nevada Department of Transportation refers to the entire route (except the portion between the SR 342 junctions, which is known locally as the Occidental Grade) as the Comstock Highway.[2] The highway is also known as Geiger Grade between Virginia City and Tahoe Junction, though parts of its modern-day alignment deviates from the original alignment of the old stagecoach route.

History[edit]

Panoramic view towards Reno, from a lookout point along the Geiger Grade portion of SR 341

SR 341 began as a toll facility constructed by Davison M. Geiger and John H. Tilton in 1862.[3] Despite the dangers associated with traveling the route, Geiger Grade was a well-traveled route that provided the most direct connection between the Comstock Lode and the Reno area.

The road appears on highway maps dating back to at least 1919. However, it wasn't until 1929 that the route first appeared as State Route 17 on official Nevada highway maps.[4] The original road was replaced with the present-day paved highway alignment in 1936.[3]

The highway appears to have remained largely unchanged until the 1970s. In the Nevada state highway renumbering that began in 1976, the entirety of State Route 17 was reassigned to present-day SR 341; this change first appears on the 1978-79 version of the official state map.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

Note: Mileposts in Nevada reset at county lines. The start and end mileposts for each county are given in the county column.
County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Lyon
0.00–4.90
0.00 0.00 US 50 – Dayton, Carson City Southern terminus
Storey
0.00–10.84
SR 342 – Silver City, Gold Hill
Virginia City 3.14 5.05 SR 342 – Gold Hill, Silver City
Washoe
0.00–6.30
Reno 6.30 10.14
US 395 Alt. (S. Virginia Street) – Reno, Washoe City
Northern terminus
SR 431 (Mount Rose Highway) – Incline Village, North Lake Tahoe Continuation beyond northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nevada Department of Transportation (January 2017). "State Maintained Highways of Nevada: Descriptions and Maps". Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  2. ^ Nevada Department of Transportation (2008). "Named Highways of Nevada" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  3. ^ a b Nevada State Historic Preservation Office. "Old Geiger Grade: Nevada Historical Marker 211". Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Highway Map of the State of Nevada (Map). 1" = 25 mi. Nevada Department of Highways. 1929. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  5. ^ Official Highway Map of the State of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1978. Lake Tahoe Region inset. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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