About Washoe Valley, Nevada
Washoe Valley, Nevada is a geographical region in the United States covering sixty-six square miles in southern Washoe County in the state of Nevada. Located between Reno and Carson City, it is named for the Washoe people, Native Americans who lived there before the arrival of Europeans. Slide Mountain and Mount Rose overlook the valley from the west.New Washoe City and Washoe Lake are located in the valley. As of the 2000 Census, it had a population of 4,229. Its ZIP code is 89704, which is often associated with Carson City. From 1857 to 1957, Theodore Winters (1823?1906) and his daughter, Neva Winters Sauer, owned and operated a 4,000-acre (1,600 ha) cattle farm and Thoroughbred stud with a quarter-mile training track. Among the ranch's famous horses was El Rio Rey, the American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt of 1889. The Winters Ranch and mansion in the valley is today listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Winters, California is named in honor of Theodore Winters.The valley is a main thoroughfare in Northern Nevada, with US 395 passing along the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the western edge of the valley, connecting Reno and Carson City. The Virginia & Truckee Railroad used to pass through this transportation corridor from 1872-1950, with the grade highly visible through the middle of the valley, and many bridges across the creeks near Pagni Canyon still there.I-580 is planned to run through the valley in most of US 395's current footprint south of Washoe Hill.