North of Verdi is a place called Crystal Mountain. Some people also call it Peterson Mountain, so if you are asking for directions/information, you may need both names.
Crystal Mountain has some of the best quartz crystal deposits found in the west. The entire mountain has claims, but some people will allow you access and dig with prior permission.
I have dug on the mountain a few times myself. First time was for some quartz crystals that I needed for a school science project. The other times were merely to get out and get dirty.
The viaduct served the logging industries, as well as limited agricultural irrigation to the nearby lower valleys.
Today, the viaduct is still partially active, but has fallen into disrepair in many places.
Particularly in the winter with the beautiful ice, does it become apparent that constant repairs and maintainence are required.
Hiking along some of the old sections will step you back in time, as well as give you some breath taking scenery.
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Well, this this peacock was people watching at the Gold Ranch Casino. That bird sat there craning its neck to see in for a few minutes while I was eating breakfast.
Truckee Trail - Last Crossing
"Drove over a hill and came through a most beautiful pine forest to the [Truckee] river and crossed it for the last - 27th time, camped on the opposite side by a spring." - Joseph Curtis Buffum, Aug 7, 1849
Fondest memory: This spot along the Truckee River is not Crystal Peak Park at the edge of Verdi, near their historical marker.