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Historic Reno properties

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 written by Drew Jackson
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Keywords: reno, nevada, historic properties



It's so odd to see all the historic properties around Reno start to be torn down in the name of growth and progress.
 
Where I live in the old downtown Reno district, my house was built in 1932, and some of the others that still stand around the same time. That just has to do with the growth from downtown and how parcel maps are developed, and homes are built. 1900s the 2nd, 3rd, 4th street, then 1920s, the 5th 6th 7th, and then 1930s, the 8th, 9th, 10th streets are developed. It's just parcel mapping and development.
 
so, the 339 Ralston property was moved. ironically my wife and I consummated our marriage their (grin).. for all times that home was relocated and saved because of being on the historic national register. another one was the old Orvis Ring Elementary superintendant's home on Evans avenue where a law office occupies it. The old elementary, 1 of 4 in the spanish design of the early 1900's was finally demolished in 1970s due to cost of repair. what remains was orvis ring senior living, and now metropolitan gardens senior living.
 
oh how the properties and homes come and go.
 
remember the cemetery across the street from UNR, on the west side of the campus, that go poltergeist-ed and moved up above n. virginia and mccarran blvd. funny how the old UNR MSS area was the old UNR football field and track.
 
though things seem to change, they really don't. talking with Neal Cobb, a local great author and jack harpster, another writer of Nevada history, they try to help us remember our history in books and story telling so that we don't repeat things that are negative.
 
i even remember when the train track when through downtown and that was fun to listen to and watch, how it held up traffic and everyone got to look at it.. pull in,, and slowly pull out, the Amtrak folks got to see the Reno Arch and the splendor of a bustling little city. oh well, a ditch or so called train trench will hide what was once the golden age of travel across country on the train, amtrak zephyr or just call her Julie, the automated voice of amtrak's train status.
 
remember the riverside hotel had a great swimming pool and spa area just to the west of the building and next to the river, where there is now some sort of outdoor artificial grass and beer drinking area. good stuff I call it, the old time things.
 
happy december 2018... and history will prevail. it lasts longer than we do.
 
more to come...
 

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