Jumbo Grade

Rich Moreno published a piece a couple of weeks ago on the Jumbo Grade. The Jumbo Grade was the wagon road that ran between Virginia City and the Washoe Valley, and it was one of the routes used to get ore down off the mountain and down near water where it could be milled and the gold and silver extracted. There was also a little mining town on the grade itself, but it’s all gone now. The V&T Railroad pretty much put the wagon roads out of business when it opened in 1869, and now the Jumbo Grade is just a small dirt road that you either have to hike or bike if you want to take a shortcut across the mountains.

Hat Tip to www.washoevalley.org, and to Rick, who gives this Then and Now picture of the town of Jumbo.


  1. Hi Scott,

    There are other photos in this series taken in about 1943. I found them once on the internet but only have this one- I’m a sloppy record-keeper! I you or anyone else run across them, please let me know! I haven’t been able to find them again.


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