All Tours: 18

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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Although long associated with images of the 19th century old West, gambling was not legal in Nevada upon its admission into statehood in 1864--but it didn't take long. The state's…
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In a rapidly changing city like Reno, one of the most difficult questions facing advocates of historic preservation is where to focus our attention. While the handful of properties listed on the…
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The City of Reno's Register of Historic Places is a list of properties within Reno city limits that have been officially designated by the City for their architectural and historic significance.…
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Paul Revere Williams (1894-1980) is widely recognized as one of the most significant African American architects of the 20th Century. Over five decades, he produced nearly 3,000 designs for buildings…
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The historic Black Springs neighborhood, located approximately six miles north of downtown Reno, holds immense significance to the history of the Reno-Sparks area. To promote greater awareness and…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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