Transportation and the Reno Arch

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Event Series Event Series: Artown Talks

July 1, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Beginning in the mid-1800s, the Truckee Meadows was a “passing through” place. People heading to the California Gold Rush, coming to Washoe for the discovery of Silver, first by horseback and covered wagons, then freight wagons, and by 1868 the railroad arrived. The arrival of the automobile in early 1900 required navigable roads. By 1927, one could drive east coast to west coast, and ultimately from Reno across the Sierra into California. A grand celebration was held, and an arch was built beside the railroad and near the access roads north and south and east and west. Learn how the arch has changed over the years from 1926 to 1987, and again in 2018.  

Speaker Bio: Carol Coleman is a retired computer programmer and a dedicated volunteer. For twenty years she has volunteered for Nevada Historical Society (NHS) and Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS). She is the author of Early Reno, written for NHS. For the past six years she has been President of HRPS.  


Every Saturday in July join us for a FREE Artown talk and tour! Nevada history is rich with characters, legends, and lore. Hear the stories of the way Nevada and Reno came to be in five short history talks. Then pick up a camera and record your own bit of our state with a photo clinic. Tour the galleries and our Educational Gallery Guides can give you the inside scoop on artifacts. Seating is limited so arrive early. The Nevada Historical is located on the UNR campus across from the Fleischmann Planetarium. Free parking passes are available. 


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