Back before a city of Reno existed, a log and timber bridge crossed the Truckee River. This bridge would one day connect north and south Reno as part of Virginia Street, the main thoroughfare in what is today a bustling and busy city.
Just south of the bridge was an inn and tavern where cowboys, drovers and miners could find a good meal and a good night’s rest. This tavern would evolve into the famous Riverside Hotel.
The Genesis of Reno by Jack Harpster is the remarkable story of these two iconic landmarks, and of the people, the events and the community that have played an important part in shaping their long history.
Harpster spent 43 years working in the newspaper industry in Southern California and Southern Nevada. He has published eight other books, along with dozens of essays and articles on history and biography in national and local journals and magazines. He now lives in Reno.
1 P.M., SUNDAY, OCT. 23
Downtown Reno Library
6:30 P.M., THURSDAY, OCT. 27
Nevada State Museum
5:30 P.M., WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14
Writers Series: The Genesis of Reno
Nevada Historical Society
Published by University of Nevada Press