A quick look at ‘The River and the Railroad’

riverrailroadThe River and the Railroad: An Archaeological History of Reno by Mary Ringhoff and Edward J. Stoner

Genre: Nonfiction

My Synopsis: History of Reno and details of the archaeological study of the railroad trench excavation.

Publisher: University of Nevada Press, 2011

Format and Number of Pages: Hardback, 189 pages including notes and index

Where to Find: University of Nevada Press

How Much Read: Most

Comments: This is not light reading. Instead, it’s a scholarly presentation of Reno’s history, specifically in the area of the downtown railroad trench. It’s well researched, and I will keep this book to use as a reference. There are few photos, all black and white and mostly of the artifacts and dig sites. I wanted to go back through the Neal Cobb–Jerry Fenwick photo book while I was reading it.

“These are the layers that compose the Daylight site, a rare place containing evidence of more than 5,000 years of human activity. The site lay untouched beneath the Central Pacific Railroad tracks for 136 year until it was discovered in 2004.”

“Before the railroad came through, Reno’s location-to-be within the Truckee Meadows was fairly unremarkable and was definitely not urban. The area was home to members of the Washoe and Paiute tribes, ranchers, homesteaders, and entrepreneurs who operated small river crossings and supply stations for emigrants headed to California.”

“Reno’s history has changed dramatically in the past sixty years, and many of the buildings and features that provide connections with history have been obliterated.”

2 thoughts on “A quick look at ‘The River and the Railroad’

  1. I agree entirely with the last paragraph – I have such fond memories of the Mapes Hotel coffee shop with its fabulous shakes and fries – now gone. Always breaks my heart to see the spot where it once stood. Also, old Central Junior High where I first heard the Beatles. Destroyed for a Circus Circus. Sad. Jan

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