General Park Information:
Bailey Creek Park is a 3-acre Washoe County park with a restroom.
Playground, basketball court, picnic shelter, barbecue, walking paths, and tables/benches.
Here is a link to Bailey Creek Park on Washoe County’s website.
View the slideshow to see some of Bailey Creek Park's amenities!
Bailey Canyon and Creek:
Virginia City in 1867 with the Geiger Grade wagon road. Source: Timothy O’Sullivan,
The area around the park is called Bailey Canyon, and is named after the Bailey family who lived at the foot of Geiger Grade. Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Bailey initially lived in Virginia City where Mr. Bailey was in the mining industry before the family moved down to the canyon in the early 1900s, then moved to Reno in 1917.
According to his obituary, H.H. “Doc” Bailey was born in Vermont in 1845. Doc arrived in Virginia City after having sailed from Vermont around Cape Horn, followed by a stint trapping in Idaho until he was “driven out by the Indians.” After arriving in Nevada in 1873, he married Annie Olds and worked for the Consolidated Virginia mine under John W. Mackay. Doc’s most prized possession was an old six-shooter previously belonging to Mackay. Interestingly, their daughter Lilly married John L. Wedekind in 1902—a regional park north of Sparks is named after Wedekind.
Photo by: Jay Kolbet-Clausell
Submit Your Park Stories and Photos!
Do you have personal photographs or stories about this park and are willing to share your memories with your community? Stories and photos can be recent adventures in the park, old memories of what the park used to be like, or fond remembrances of what this park has meant to you in the past. Sharing your photographs and memories will help to build our shared history of these important public places.
Click here to upload your photos and/or stories!
Typical flora and fauna:
The following are a few of our favorite highlights.
See the community submission section below to view additional wildlife sightings found at this park, and submit you own favorite naturalist sightings on iNaturalist here!
Community Stories and Photos:
Bailey Creek Park History Researchers
Jill Richardson and Patti Poston
Jill and Patti are the History Researchers for this park. They have dedicated time to research and document the history of Bailey Creek Park. Thank you Jill and Patti for your commitment to our parks and historic preservation!
To learn more about volunteering for this Project, click here.
Enjoy history? Then consider volunteering as a History Researcher today!
Like plants and animals? Then volunteer as our Biodiversity Researcher!
General Park Resources:
Carson City Appeal
Gold Hill Daily News
Nevada State Journal
Reno Evening Gazette
Full list of history resources found here