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    People thought I was crazy.~Alice Ramsey Mural

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    In 1909, twenty-two year old Alice Ramsey became the first woman to drive across 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 Meadows.

    Artist John Ton 2005.

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    Spanish-American War Memorial 1898-1899

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    Dedicated 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 particular, The First Cavalry Volunteers who saw action in the Phillippines. The Nevada First Cavalry, Troop A, were distinguished as the first and only U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Unit to serve overseas. They lost one man, several were wounded and two taken prisoner during the eleven months of their tour of duty.

    The fourteen-foot cast iron memorial to these men was originally located at Plaza and North Virginia Streets until the early 1930s when it was relocated to Idlewld Park. Today the restored memorial fountain is located in the Amtrak Depot where the history of the WCTU, the Red Cross Society and the Nevada Volunteers can be viewed.

    Memorial fountain is located in the Amtrak Station The fountain to the far right of the photo
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    Major General Jesse Lee Reno

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    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, 1823 in Wheeling, Virginia, Reno graduated 8th in his class of 59 at West point. He served in the Battles of Vera Cruz, El Telegrafo, Cerro Gordo, Contreras, Churubusco, Mexico City and Chapultepec in the Mexican War, during which he was twice promoted for his bravery and leadership.

    In 1853 he married Mary Bradley Beanes Cross. The couple had four sons and one daughter.

    During the U.S. Civil War, General Reno and his troops defended our nation's capital, possibly saving it from invasion by confederate force.

    On September 14, 1862 Reno commanded the IX Corps at the Battle of South Mountain. Astride his horse, leading his troops in battle, Reno was fatally shot by confederate sharpshooters, at the Battle of Antietam three days later, his troop's battle cry was "Remember Reno !"

    "For his high character and the kindly qualities of his heart in private life, as well as for his military genius and personal daring, which marked him as a soldier, his loss will be deployed by all who knew that." General Ambrose Burnside

    This bronze monument: Dedicated in 2006, is supported by a granite boulder that was extracted from the rail trench, the City of Reno's largest civic project. The rail trench was dedicated in 2005.

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    Reno Air Races

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    Not sure if they will have these ever again since the tragic accident in 2011 and God Bless all those families who lost their loved ones.

    In Reno is where they have the National Championship Air Races and Air Show held at Stead Airport. Every year they have six classes of racing aircraft and has some of the best some aerobatic performers and military aircraft, aircraft displays, merchandise, food, drink, and awards banquet.

    Starts around 8 AM each day, Wednesday through Sunday. If you come, make sure to stay more than one day to fully enjoy what the airshow has to offer.

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    Powning Veterans Memorial Park

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    Located across the street of the historic courthouse, is a wonderful park dedicated to Veterans. There are many types of beautiful memorials to see and each one tells a story. There are some nice benches to enjoy too. That day it was raining, but I didn't let that deter me from enjoying them and paying my respects too.

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    Blarney Stone

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    This rare stone is from Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland. The only other stones ever permitted to leave this legendary Irish Landmark. Were used in the contruction of the Lucky Forest exhibits inside Fitzgeralds Casino/Hotels. In the best tradition of Blarney, rubbing this stone will surely make your day luckier.

    Dedicated March 17, 1988
    Northern Nevada Chapter
    Sons of Erin

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    Reno Historical Marker No. 30

    by Yaqui Written Feb 8, 2015

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    Before the coming of the white man, roving Washoe and Paiute bands inhabited the Truckee Meadows. The first whites passed through the area with the Stevens-Murphy Emigrant Party in 1844 and settlement began in the early 1850’s. Charles William Fuller established a river ferry across the Truckee in the Fall of 1859 and completed a bridge and a hotel by the Spring of 1860. Myron C. Lake acquired Fuller’s holdings in 1861, rebuilt the bridge and established Lake’s Crossing in 1868. Lake offered land for a depot to the Central Pacific Railroad and the town was laid out. The community’s name honors a Civil War officer, General Jesse Lee Reno.

    Reno’s Transcontinental Railroad connections and its rail link to the Comstock Lode helped lay the foundation for the economy, as did the lumber industry and the surrounding ranches and farms. The community’s reputation as a divorce center began in 1906 and gambling was legalized in 1931.

    State Historical Marker No. 30. Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology.

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    Reno City Clock 1935

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    Manufactured by the E. Howard Company of Boston, the Reno City clock stood in front of Ginsburg Jewelry Company in 1935 at 133 North Virginia Street. The Reno City clock is sixteen feet tall, has four faces instead of two, its base lights up and has three windows, which you can see the inside workings, its head is composed of wood covered with a thin layer of copper, while the column and base made of cast iron. It was moved in 1967 to Reno's first indoor shopping mall. The clock was generously donated by the M&H Realty Partners and it was moved again to the city plaza in 2007 so all residents of Reno could enjoy it again.

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    Reno City Plaza

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    This plaza has many objects of public art. It is also a popular place during the different times of the seasons. During the winter months they have ice skating during the holiday season and where the official city Christmas Tree stands. During the summer months the plaza is used for farmers markets, live music and roller derby competitions. It is also home to the official City Clock. If you look at the metal pillars there are wonderful historical photo's of Reno's past.

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    Riverwalk District

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    If you make it to Reno, make sure you explore the beautiful Riverwalk located along the Truckee River corridor. All kinds of cafes, bars, restaurant, plazas, and galleries. All are located near downtown casino-hotels and Wingfield Park. Summertime is the best because its during the summer months the amphitheater plays host to free concerts and festivals.

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    1920's -1940's Cars at National Automobile Mueseum

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 12, 2014

    such beautiful classics from that bygone era filled with luxury cars is located along the Gallery 2 of the National Automobile Museum, of which you can see various luxe vehicles of the most glamorous era of Cars. It again has a themed street filled with various automobile memorabilias like car garages and gas pumps and car repair shops and car accessories that connect it to the 3rd and last Gallery.

    One of the Major Attractions in Reno That is not a casino besides the National Bowling Stadium, is the National Automobile Musuem. We Have to Thank the founder of Harrah's Gaming (now owned by Ceasaer's Entertainment Group) William F. Harrah for it as most of the Vintate Cars , Gas Pumps, Car Accesorries like motor oils and lubricants and gas company logos and some motorcyles are from his private collection. It is one of the 5 best Automobile Museum in America and is a Car Afficionado's Wet Dream! When Harrah Died, his collection was sold to Holiday Inn International in which it donated more than 200 cars to the private non profit musuem that eventually called the National Automobile Museum and the rest of the 1,400 cars and motorcyles where sold through private biddings. The Museum is also called Harrah's Collection and most of the Museum Pieces here (about 85%) are from his private collection.

    The Museum has 4 galleries of which different cars from different periods are housed, like Gallery 1 showcases cars built during the 1890s & 1900s, Gallery 2 features cars from the 1910s to 1930s, Gallery 3 the 1930s through to the 1950s, and Gallery 4 displays cars from 1950 onwards and it also has a separate mini gallery as a tribute to famous women drivers too. The Museum started in 1989 and it has about 2 million visitors annually. You will see various vintage, classic and special interest automobiles, rare and one-of-a-kind wonders, dynamic race cars and a few original Horseless Carriages collections in the world!

    Museum Hours:
    M - Sat, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Sun, 10 am - 4 pm

    Admission Fee:

    $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years. Children age 5 and younger are free.

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    Silver Legacy Casino

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 12, 2014

    another popular gambling joint in Downtown Reno.

    The Silver Legacy Casino is one of the Newest Casinos that Opened in Reno as it is just 19 years old as it was opened in 1995 as a Joint Venture of the MGM International (owner of Circus Circus) and El Dorado Resorts (owner of the El Dorado Casino) and it sits in Between these two Casinos and is connected by a Sky Bridge To Both. This Casino Complex has 1,720 rooms and suites in one huge buidling tower and a separate wing to the Gaming Area. It has a large 85,000 square feet of gaming space (7,900 square meters) composed of Card Games such as baccarat, black jack, spanish 21, etc, sports betting stations, lottery outlets for keno, private poker rooms and various slot machines. It has assorted restaurants and bars such as Sterling's Seafood Steakhouse, Fairchild's Oyster Bar, Hussong's Cantina Taqueria, Cafe' Central, Starbucks, Aura Ultra Bar, Rum Bullions and Drink, to name a few.

    entance to cafe sedona pose the siver shop the famed dome
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    Harrah's Casino

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 12, 2014

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    the most popular casino in downtown reno!

    Harrah's Casino is one of the Oldest Casino in Reno and it started initially as a Bingo Parlor in 1937 that eventually closed down after less than a year of business, but founder William F. Harrah (of the Harrah's Gaming Empire that was bought eventually by the Ceasar's Entertainment Corporation) persevered and re opened it as a Casino Called Heart Tango of which it eventually expanded and was Renamed Harrah's Reno in 1981. Recently renovated in 2011, the Casino Boast of 950 rooms and suited in two hotel towers, 60,000 square feet (5,600 square meters) of gaming space divided into slot machines, poker rooms, sports betting stations, card games, table games like craps, lotteries like Keno and Private Gaming Rooms. it even has a separate Gaming area called Zone 21 for Red Blooded Adult Males as Dealers here are beatiful and scantily clad ladies (see my Zone 21 Harrah's Tips). It also has various restaurants and bars of from the budget like Quiznos, Starbucks and Joy's Noodle Bar, to the more upscale Carvings Buffet, Ichiban Japanese Restaurant and Harrah's Steakhouse and the Sapphire Lounge.

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    El Dorado Casino 2

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    more pictures of the famed el dorado casino in downtown reno

    El Dorado Casino is one of the major gambling joints in downtown N Virginia Street and is connected by the SkyBridge to the Silver Legacy Casino and Circus Circus Casino so you can actually go around these 3 casinos without going outside (as the Silver Legacy Casino is co owned by MGM, which owns Circus Circus and El Dorado, which is onwed by El Dorado Resorts. It is a relative newcomer to the Casino Scene of Reno, Opening in 1973 that initally had a small gaming space and small hotel rooms that eventually expanded to 79,600 square feet (7,395 square meters) of gaming space of both card games, table games like craps, lottery games like Keno, slot machines, private poker rooms and betting stations. It also has 817 hotel rooms and suites in it's hotel tower and a 580 seat Broadway-style showroom plus a microbrewery and a convention center and various restaurants and bars (Prime Rib Grill, The Buffet, La Strada, Sushi Company, Bar Centro, Stadium Bar etc). Like the other major Casino Hotels, it also has a daily resort fee for hotel guests.

    the skybridge statue front casino
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    El Dorado Casino 1

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 12, 2014

    this will be a two part tip with more pictures of the Casino Complex.

    El Dorado Casino is one of the major gambling joints in downtown N Virginia Street and is connected by the SkyBridge to the Silver Legacy Casino and Circus Circus Casino so you can actually go around these 3 casinos without going outside (as the Silver Legacy Casino is co owned by MGM, which owns Circus Circus and El Dorado, which is onwed by El Dorado Resorts. It is a relative newcomer to the Casino Scene of Reno, Opening in 1973 that initally had a small gaming space and small hotel rooms that eventually expanded to 79,600 square feet (7,395 square meters) of gaming space of both card games, table games like craps, lottery games like Keno, slot machines, private poker rooms and betting stations. It also has 817 hotel rooms and suites in it's hotel tower and a 580 seat Broadway-style showroom plus a microbrewery and a convention center and various restaurants and bars (Prime Rib Grill, The Buffet, La Strada, Sushi Company, Bar Centro, Stadium Bar etc). Like the other major Casino Hotels, it also has a daily resort fee for hotel guests.

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