Category: Washoe County

Washoe Valley Jumbo Grade

Both motorized and non-motorized use near Washoe Lake in Reno. Large OHV Staging area with off-loading ramps. One vault toilet. No garbage services or water. The trail is a 14 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Washoe Valley, Nevada that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of […]

The California Building

Located in the northwestern portion of Idlewild Park, the California Building is the only remaining architectural remnant of the Transcontinental Highway Exposition of 1927. Idlewild Park was created for this exposition which celebrated the completion of the Lincoln and Victory highways (present day U.S. 50 and U.S. 40). In 1913, members of the automobile industry […]

McKinley Park School

Designed by local architect George Ferris in 1909, the McKinley Park School was one of four Reno schools known as the “Spanish Quartet,” single-story Mission Revival style schools built around the turn of the 20th century (see also Mount Rose Elementary School). The schools represent a growth spurt in the city of Reno and were […]

Nevada-California-Oregon (NCO) Railroad Depot

The Nevada-California-Oregon (NCO) Railroad was the 20th century’s longest narrow gauge railway, although only 25 miles of it were in Nevada. In May of 1889, a major fire destroyed a large section of Reno, including the NCO’s holdings. Construction of the NCO locomotive house was undertaken quickly, completed in September of 1889. The building was […]

El Cortez Hotel

Built in 1931, El Cortez Hotel is one of only three remaining major Art Deco buildings in Reno, and is an excellent example of this style. The foliated motif found on the terra cotta design on the building’s base and parapet are remarkable Art Deco details. At the time it was built, it was Reno’s […]

First United Methodist Church

The First United Methodist Church, the third Methodist Church to be built in Reno, is one of the oldest remaining churches in Reno. It was built in 1925 and designed by Wythe, Blaine and Olson, a firm based in Oakland, California. The Period Revival cathedral displays impressive Gothic Revival design elements, utilizing a cross plan, […]

Virginia Street Bridge

The Virginia Street Bridge is located on Virginia Street and spans the Truckee River in downtown Reno. There has been a bridge at this site since 1860, when C. W. Fuller constructed the first recorded span of the Truckee River. Built in 1905 by Cotton Brothers and Company of Oakland, California, the current Virginia Street […]