This site is part of the Black Springs tour, a partnership with Our Story, Inc. Visit the Tours page for the tour introduction and complete list of sites.
The Osbornes' house was moved to 290 Westbrook Lane in 1964 from a site around 6th or 7th Street in downtown Reno that was being cleared for the construction of Interstate 80. Phillip Osborne purchased the house at auction for $250 and had it moved to its current location for $350.
Osborne, who was originally from Louisiana, was married to Georgia Bufkin from 1955 to 1964. In 1988 he married Lottie Serial. Helen Townsell-Parker recalls that Mr. Osborne donated many supplies from his yard to help build the community's firehouse in 1970.
The house, which has a modest Craftsman-style feel, was likely originally built around 1926. After its relocation to Black Springs, it was altered a bit, with a large room added at the rear of the house and reconfigured windows.