Geiger Station (Magnolia House)

N39 22.354"    W119 40.059"

A marker noting the largest toll station on the Geiger Grade toll road.

  • Directions: At the pavement's end on Toll Road -- South Reno

Old vintage signs like these are a treat, as most of them are almost extinct in and around urban Reno.

Exact Description:
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 later 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.

  • Directions: At the pavement's end on Toll Road -- South Reno.
    From SR 341, turn right at the stoplight and follow Toll Road to the pavement end.

For those of you up for a little adventure, you can still travel the original Geiger Grade Toll Road today.