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Highway 34 is the old name for Nevada State Route 447.
- Nevada State Route 34 (Wikipedia)
- "History of Washoe County," "By 1909 the Western Pacific Railroad tracks had reached Gerlach from Winnemucca and the board of county commissioners voted $10,000 for the construction of a wagon road from Surprise Valley, California, to Gerlach 'so that it would become an important trading place.'" (From Carlson, "Place Names of Nevada", p. 154. Also, "History of Washoe County", which sources Myrick, Vol. 1, pp. 318-319; Reno Evening Gazette, Nov. 9, 1909. )
- Larry Wilson, "Small towns hit the ‘bust’ in Nevada’s ‘boom and bust’ history," Sparks Tribune, 2011. "The first time I went to the area was in the mid-1950s. In those days, the road was gravel once you got past the sand dunes north of Nixon, an Indian community 50 or so miles south of Gerlach."
- John Burns, Frank Johnson. "Residents of Gerlach Like to Think of It As One of the last Genuine Frontier Towns," Nevada State Journal, April 26, 1953, Page 7. "J. J. Thrasher, ... says the solution to Gerlach's problem lies in completed the paving of Highway 34 to the south and the surfacing of highway 81 north to the California line near Eagleville."
- Nevada State Journal, Thursday, March 18, 1954, Page 3. "The road is already surfaced from Reno to Empire"
- Official highway map of the state of Nevada (1955) shows the Highway 34 pavement ending at or just south of Empire.
- The 1:250,000 Lovelock/1962 map shows the pavement ending just south of Empire. The map was created with photogrammetric methods in 1956. Aerial photography in 1953-54. Field annotated 1955. Limited revision in 1962
- Peggy Trego, "The 40 Wilderness Miles North of Gerlach, Nevada," Desert Magazine, November, 1960. "...except that Gerlach is 111 miles northerly of Reno, and can be reached by pavement on Nevada's State Route 34."
- W.C. Sinclair, "Ground Water Appraisal of the Black Rock Desert Area, Northwestern Nevada," October, 1963. "State Route 34 is paved from Gerlach south to U.S. 40. ... State Route 81 is also paved part of the 55 miles from Gerlach to the California State Line and to Cedarville, 25 miles beyond."
- The Official highway map of Nevada (1963-1964) shows 34 paved until about Squaw Reservoir.
- The Official highway map of Nevada (1965-1966) shows a few more miles of pavement.
- The Official highway map of Nevada (1970) shows an unpaved gap north of Gerlach and then pavement to the state line.
- The Official highway map of Nevada (1978-1979) shows 34 as paved all the way through, whereas the previous shows the gap.