Winnemucca to the Sea Highway Marker – Winnemucca, Nevada - Atlas Obscura

Winnemucca to the Sea Highway Marker

This giant slab of driftwood marks the beginning of the Winnemucca to the Sea Highway.  


On the corner of West Winnemucca Boulevard and Melarkey Street in Winnemucca, Nevada stands a massive piece of driftwood hundreds of miles away from the California coast. 

 In 1964 after severe flooding, a huge piece of driftwood washed ashore in Crescent City, California. To celebrate the proposed, although never completed as imagined, construction of the Winnemucca to Sea Highway. The massive piece of Redwood was cut and given to the city of Winnemucca to commemorate the starting point of the highway in 1965. 

The marker is approximately 1,477 years old and belonged to the largest piece of driftwood ever discovered. It’s around 13 feet in diameter and sits in a park next to the Winnemucca Visitors Center, open to the public 24 hours a day.  

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