GEIGER STATION

(MAGNOLIA HOUSE)

Seven-tenths of a mile east of this marker was Geiger’s Station, the largest station on the Geiger Grade Toll Road, the main thoroughfare between the Comstock Lode and the ranches of the Truckee Meadows.  Located at the site were a toll house, three blacksmith shops, three barns, several corrals and an inn, magnolia house.

During the boom years of the Comstock Lode, the sixties and the seventies, the station was crowded with freight outfits, stagecoaches, and weary teamsters.  Passing travelers could stop off at the inn for a drink or a quick meal.

Following the extension of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad to Reno in August 1872, the toll road fell into disuse and a few years late became a public highway.  Magnolia house continued operating until 1915.  Social activity at the inn included dances which attracted residents from Virginia City, nearby valleys, and the Truckee Meadows.