All Tours: 13

Tying and Untying the Knot

19 Locations ~ Curated by The Reno Historical Team
For more than sixty years, Reno was the divorce capital of the world. It was the place where you took “the cure,” got “Reno-vated,” and threw your wedding ring into the Truckee River from the Bridge of Sighs. Prior to 1970, divorce statutes in most…

Schools and Education

13 Locations ~ Curated by The Reno Historical Team
During its first few decades, Reno was justifiably proud of the schools and libraries that served its growing population. The town's schools were often at the vanguard of its architectural accomplishments, incorporating beauty and technological…

Riding the Rails

6 Locations ~ Curated by The Reno Historical Team
Like countless cities in the American West, Reno was founded because of the establishment of nineteenth-century railroad networks. However, Reno's network did much more than simply inaugurate the town; it fostered the city's unique…

Sacred Landmarks

5 Locations ~ Curated by The Reno Historical Team
From the beginning, Reno was a crossroads of cultures, and its religious landscape was accordingly diverse. Mainstream denominations with buildings in the original townsite included the Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, and Catholics. Around the…

Historic Riverfront Walking Tour

18 Locations ~ Curated by The Reno Historical Team
Assembled on the occasion of Reno's 146th birthday—May 9, 2014—this tour offers a taste of historic Reno, centered along the Truckee River corridor. All sites are within walking distance, and the tour may be started at any location, continuing…

University of Nevada

18 Locations ~ Curated by The Reno Historical Team
The establishment of a State University is specifically provided for in Article XI of Nevada's State Constitution, adopted September 7, 1864--notably, not a typical component of state constitutions. Instruction was to be provided in the…

East 4th Street Walking Tour

20 Locations ~ Curated by Alicia Barber with Research Support from RTC Washoe
From manufacturing to tourism, railroads to restaurants, East 4th Street has played an important and multifaceted role in the history of Reno for more than a century. This tour provides a glimpse of the rich diversity of the area, best experienced on…

Historic University Gateway

12 Locations ~ Curated by Debbie Hinman
In Reno’s early days, many Easterners were coming west to seek their fortunes and a life of adventure. Land was plentiful and cheap and many ranches were established in this still-wild country. Among these new residents were the Evans brothers from…

Historic Midtown

30 Locations ~ Curated by Alicia Barber with Research Support from RTC Washoe
While “Midtown” is a relatively new term for the popular Reno district it denotes, the neighborhood itself has been a busy commercial and residential area for nearly a century. Roughly bounded by Liberty Street and Plumb Lane on the north and south,…

Historic Downtown Alleys

4 Locations ~ Curated by Sharon Honig-Bear
Some call Reno’s downtown alleys the heart of the city’s infamous past. Others say the alleys paint a vivid picture of early Western society. Either way, for decades the network of alleys that criss-cross downtown represented the heart of Reno’s…

Motels and Early Auto Tourism

11 Locations ~ Curated by Mella Harmon and the Reno Historical Team
Reno boasts an extraordinary array of tourist lodgings with ties to early motor tourism. It all started when the Lincoln Highway Association was established in 1913 to provide a continuous, improved highway from New York to San Francisco. The…

Mansions on the Bluff

28 Locations ~ Curated by Donna and Paul Erickson/Historic Reno Preservation Society
This captivating enclave close to Reno’s downtown is probably the city’s best-kept secret. The title also is the name of one of the most popular walks sponsored by the Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS) during the months of May, June and July…

Modern Movement

11 Locations ~ Curated by Reno MoMo
Some of Reno’s most striking and glamorous architecture is found in buildings of the Modern Era. The Modern Movement (MoMo), broadly defined as spanning from the 1930s through the 1970s, is associated with styles including Art Deco, Art and…