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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Reno, Nevada

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Reno is the county seat for Washoe County
Reno is in Washoe County
      Washoe County (91)  
      Carson City (52)  
      Churchill County (41)  
      Humboldt County (28)  
      Lyon County (47)  
      Pershing County (15)  
      Storey County (97)  
      Lassen County, California (46)  
      Modoc County, California (42)  
      Nevada County, California (219)  
      Placer County, California (209)  
      Sierra County, California (55)  
      Harney County, Oregon (2)  
      Lake County, Oregon (38)  
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1 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — "People thought I was crazy."~Alice Ramsey Reported missing
In 1909, twenty-two year old Alice Ramsey became the first woman to drive across the United States in an automobile. She and her three female companions are depicted here, in her 1909 Maxwell Briscoe, crossing the Nevada desert east of the Truckee . . . Map (db m144487) HM
2 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — "Sister Act"Nevada Celebrates Filmmaking
Reno lounge singer Whoopi Goldberg gets in the habit with a convent of nuns in “Sister Act” Filmed here at the Reno Arch with the technical assistance of Local 363 (1992)Map (db m189722) HM
3 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — T.R.R. 13 — Emigrant Trail - Truckee River Route
Emigrants including Donner Party camped in this area to rest and refresh their stock.Map (db m94435) HM
4 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 13-A — Emigrant Trail--Truckee River Route
(front plaque) Marker No.T.R.R. 13-A -- Truckee Meadows the California bound emigrants rested here before ascending the Sierras to the west (back plaque) This marker is No 13-A of a total of 70 placed along the Humbolt, . . . Map (db m113027) HM
5 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 253 — Emigrant-Donner Camp
Upon entering the Truckee Meadows along the Truckee River, thousands of California-bound emigrants turned their wagons southwest to avoid extensive marshes and uncrossable sloughs. Here at the base of Rattlesnake Mountain the emigrants established a . . . Map (db m94434) HM
6 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 245 — Frederick Joseph DeLongechampsJune 2, 1882 – February 11, 1969
Frederick Joseph DeLongechamps was Nevada’s foremost architect of his time. Statewide he was prolific in the number of buildings he designed. From this point one can see a group of structures that stand, collectively, as a monument to . . . Map (db m44217) HM
7 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 267 — Galena Creek Fish Hatchery
The Galena Creek Fish Hatchery represents an attempt to make amends after Nevada's Comstock Lode ravaged the region's ecosystem in the 1860s and 70s. Fishing decimated local streams and lakes to feed a growing population. Eventually, restocking . . . Map (db m94432) HM
8 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 218 — Geiger Station
Seven-tenths of a mile east of this marker was Geiger's Station, the largest station on the Geiger Grade Toll Road, the main thoroughfare between the Comstock Lode and the ranches of the Truckee Meadows. Located at the site were a toll house, three . . . Map (db m94119) HM
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9 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — Ginsburg Jewelry Company1914-1971
[south base]Clock originally located at 133 North Virginia Street November, 1935 Harry Ginsburg, Proprietor In the mid 1960’s, the clock was donated to Park Lane Mall on Plumb Lane and South Virginia Street by Sam Ginsburg who took over the . . . Map (db m163887) HM
10 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 79 — Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery
In 1890 General O.M. Mitchel Post #69, Grand Army of the Republic, bought 17 lots in the original Hillside Cemetery for the last resting place for comrades-in-arms during the Civil War, 1861-1865. While friends and relatives of the soldiers . . . Map (db m93896) HM
11 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 81 — Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Tree
This tree was planted in soil from Civil War battlefields and dedicated to the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic. By the National Commander in Chief June 10, 1913. Marked and Dedicated by Isaac Crist Camp No. 28 Sons of Union Veterans of . . . Map (db m42403) HM
12 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 256 — Historic Transportation From Honey Lake To Virginia City
The historic road corridors from the Truckee Meadows northwestward into the Honey Lake area contains a tangle of intertwined routes following the course of valleys, portions of an emigrant trail cutoff, toll roads, county roads and casual parallel . . . Map (db m115855) HM
13 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 238 — Huffaker's
Before the arrival, 1858, of Granville W. Huffaker driving 500 head of cattle into the Truckee Meadows, the principal settlers were Mormon. The Comstock Lode and its mining needs focused attention on the valley. Huffaker established his ranch in . . . Map (db m94304) HM
14 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 4 — Junction House
Here was located one of the busiest crossroads of pioneer Nevada, converging point for many major toll roads of the area. The earliest emigrants from the east crossed through Truckee Meadows at this point and by 1853 the intersection was known as . . . Map (db m93674) HM
15 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 227 — Lake Mansion
Washington J. Marsh built this house in 1877. Myron C. Lake, regarded as a founder of Reno, purchased it in 1879, and ownership passed to his divorced wife, Jan, in 1881. This Italianate-style house has been moved twice and is listed in the National . . . Map (db m94123) HM
16 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 42 — Lake's Crossing
First settlement in this area was a toll station & bridge constructed on this site in 1859-60 by E.W. Fuller. It was later known as Lake’s Crossing after Myron C. Lake purchased this property in 1863. Lake’s land gift to the new overland railroad . . . Map (db m44213) HM
17 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — Major General Jesse Lee Reno
Lake's Crossing, a growing community along the Truckee River in Northern Nevada, was parceled into a proper town site by the Central Pacific Railroad. The railroad named the town Reno, to Honor Major General Jesse Lee Reno. Born April 20, . . . Map (db m77708) HM
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18 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — Mizpah Hotel Reported missing
Built in 1922 by the Pincolini brothers Joseph, Adelvaldo, Evaristo and Dante. Listed in the National Register of Historical Places, it served the community well for eighty four years. Destroyed by fire on October 31, 2006 In . . . Map (db m195366) HM
19 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 234 — Moana Springs
Opened as a resort on October 29, 1905, Moana Springs took its name from a famous Hawaiian spa. In addition to a large bath house with a pool fed by hot springs, Moana had a stately hotel, a clubhouse, baseball diamond and picnic grounds. . . . Map (db m94303) HM
20 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 24 — Morrill Hall, 1887
First building on the Reno campus, Morrill Hall was named in honor of Senator Justin S. Morrill of Vermont. Author of the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 which led to the establishment of the university. Founded in Elko in 1874, the campus was moved . . . Map (db m113035) HM
21 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 210 — N.C.O. Railroad Depot1910 Reported missing
This building was constructed as a passenger depot for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railroad, a narrow-gauge line connecting Reno with northern California and southern Oregon. It began operations in 1882 as the Nevada and California Railroad. . . . Map (db m113777) HM
22 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — Peavine Mining District Reported missing
Discoverites of gold and silver in the early 1860s led to the founding of Peavine. Later it was re-named Poe City in honor of John Poe, but was referred to as Poeville or Podunk. The district’s boom was brief lasting only four years. The main . . . Map (db m195365) HM
23 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 30 — Reno
Before the arrival of the European Americans, the Washoe and Paiute people inhabited the Truckee Meadows. The Stevens-Murphy emigrant party passed through the area in 1844, and settlement began in the early 1850s. Charles William Fuller established . . . Map (db m94116) HM
24 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — Reno at the Crossroads
A City Built on Trains and Automobiles Nevada's alliance with the Union during the Civil War was important not only for the mineral resources of the Comstock Lode but because the state held portion of the transcontinental transportation and . . . Map (db m113036) HM
25 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — Reno's BeginningLake's Crossing and the Riverside Hotel
A Missouri mulepacker, William C. Fuller failed to strike it rich in California’s gold fields. His trek home, around 1859 or 1860, included a stop in the marshy valley known as the Truckee Meadows, located north of the Comstock Mining District, . . . Map (db m77626) HM
26 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 247 — Site of Nevada’s First Public Library
In 1895, Washoe County District Attorney, Frank H. Norcross, later a Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court and a Federal Judge, began a drive to establish Nevada’s first free public library in Reno. That year, he persuaded the Nevada Legislature . . . Map (db m44215) HM
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27 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — Site of Reno Air Mail Field
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28 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — Spanish-American War Memorial 1898-1899Dedicated to — Nevada First Cavalry Volunteers —
In 1908, the Reno Red Cross Society and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union gave to the City of Reno, a public drinking fountain to serve people, horses, and dogs. It was dedicated to the Nevada Veterans of the Spanish-American War, in . . . Map (db m77707) WM
29 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 198 — Steamboat Springs
These natural hot-springs are notable for their curative qualities. They were nationally acclaimed by President Ulysses S. Grant when he visited them in 1879. Early emigrants so named them, because of their puffing and blowing. Located in 1860 . . . Map (db m94118) HM
30 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 220 — The Fight of the Century
On this site on July 4, 1910, Reno hosted "The Fight of the Century," a heavyweight championship boxing match between John Arthur "Jack" Johnson, the black title holder, and James J. "Jim" Jeffries, a former champion seeking to regain the title he . . . Map (db m94121) HM
31 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — The Humboldt Trail
1844 to 1868 In memory of the brave pioneers who blazed the trail we dedicate this plaqueMap (db m158653) HM
32 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — The Reno Arch
This arch was originally erected on Virginia Street at Commercial Row in 1926 to promote an exposition that celebrated the completion of the Lincoln and Victory highways. Electric bulbs spelled our "Reno" and "Nevada's Transcontinental Highways . . . Map (db m94431) HM
33 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — The Reno Depots
Myron Lake, owner of the nearby toll bridge, deeded acreage to the Central Pacific Railroad to locate the depot at this site. In April 1868 the CPRR platted the area and on May 9th auctioned the lots and constructed a utilitarian wood depot. The . . . Map (db m167822) HM
34 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — The Truckee River
Flowing out of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west, the Truckee River is Reno’s most striking natural and historical feature. Shown below on a relief map of the surrounding Reno area are a few of the more significant historical sites near the . . . Map (db m44212) HM
35 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — The Virginia Street Bridges
In 1859, one of the area's early residents, Charles W. Fuller, built a dwelling on the south side of the Truckee River where the third Riverside Hotel now stands. He constructed a seventeen mile crude sketch of road in the region and received . . . Map (db m184325) HM
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36 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 21 — Truckee Trail - 23rd Crossing
"Came to another crossing of the river (here from the...left flows down into the river one of the finest spring rivulets...). The 23rd quite difficult. Made so by the large round bolder [sic] its bed." - Augustus . . . Map (db m149982) HM
37 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — Veterans of Foreign Wars Historical Building
VFW Post #207 was formed in 1926, seven years after World War I. During the Second War, Post #9211 came into being. In 1945, the two organizations merged and built the present-day hall which opened the following year. Despite many fundraising . . . Map (db m141504) HM
38 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — 248 — Virginia & Truckee Railroad Right of Way Reported missing
Soon after the Chinese laborers graded this section during the summer of 1871, track gangs commenced laying rail south, reaching Steamboat Springs by late October. To celebrate the occasion numerous residents rode an excursion train to Steamboat on . . . Map (db m73947) HM
39 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — Votes for WomenWashoe County Bank Building
The Nevada Equal Franchise Society founded in 1911 moved to the Washoe County Bank Building at this location in 1913. This office sent suffrage news to papers across the state, set up national figures for speaking tours, and recruited workers from . . . Map (db m213136) HM
40 Nevada, Washoe County, Reno — Washoe County World War II Memorial
"God grants liberty to only those who love it and are ready to guard and defend it" - Daniel Webster Dedicated to the brave men and women who served their county at home and abroad from 1941 - 1945. Their efforts and sacrifices shall not . . . Map (db m44526) HM
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May. 27, 2023