Reno, Nevada is known as "The Biggest Little City in the World", is famous for its casinos, and is the birthplace of the gaming corporation Harrah's Entertainment. City residents are called "Reno-ites".
As early as the 1850s a few pioneers settled in the Truckee Meadows, a relatively fertile valley through which the Truckee River made its way from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. In addition to subsistence farming, these early residents could pick up a bit of business from travelers along the California Trail, which followed the Truckee westward, before branching off towards Donner Lake, where the formidable obstacle of the Sierras began.
Gold had been discovered in the vicinity of Virginia City in 1850 and a modest mining community developed, but the discovery of silver in 1859 led to one of the greatest mining bonanzas of all time as the Comstock Lode spewed forth treasure. The Comstock's closest connection to the outside world lay in the Truckee Meadows.
To provide the necessary connection between Virginia City and the California Trail, Charles W. Fuller built a log toll bridge across the Truckee River in 1859. A small community to service travelers soon grew up near the bridge. After two years, Fuller sold the bridge to Myron C. Lake, who continued to develop the community with the addition of a grist mill, kiln, and livery stable to the hotel and eating house. He renamed it Lake's Crossing. In 1864, Washoe County was consolidated with Roop County; Lake's Crossing became the largest town in the county. Lake had earned himself the title "founder of Reno."
By January 1863, the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) had begun laying tracks east from Sacramento, California, eventually connecting with the Union Pacific Railroad at Promontory, Utah to form the first transcontinental railroad. Lake, realizing what a rail connection would mean for business, deeded land to the CPRR in exchange for its promise to build a depot at Lake's Crossing. Once the railroad station was established, the town of Reno officially came into being on May 9, 1868. CPRR construction superintendent Charles Crocker named the community after Major General Jesse Lee Reno, a Union officer killed in the American Civil War at the Battle of South Mountain.
Reno is perhaps half the size of Las Vegas, but it is also an interesting place to visit. This was a slide from 1971 and I liked the colors so here it is.
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pierrefonds (57933) 2010-07-28 12:02
A slide of 1971, it was well protected. Did you use a Kodachrome film? The point of view is showing the details and colors of the facade of the Primadonna casino. It is clewar and sharp. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
bukitgolfb301 (36442) 2010-07-28 13:32
Hi my dear Roger
Another wonderful archtecture shot!
I always admire that you are so talented to terat usual secne as unsual/speacila work, which is quite reference to me. Perfect framework and well considered composition as usual. Blesssing on your finest job. Thanks for sharing with your finest job and have a good mid-week, best regards,
AKITA (15125) 2010-07-28 13:44
a joyful view shot of big entertainment city,
vivid panels and decorations are quite matching this little casino city,
really colorful objects show us attractive ambience there,
thank you for your wonderful shot,
emka (80830) 2010-07-28 21:20
Good quality for a thirty years old slide. Nice colours and good sharpness. Such a place is not in my taste. I think Reno is famous for weddings and divorces as well. Did you go to this casino for a little play?
SWEETFREEDOM (22878) 2010-07-29 0:11
really a colorful old slide, characteristic of the period is the dress of the lady in the middle of the picture. Good colors and sharpness.
yeln (11504) 2010-07-29 0:55
very impressive composition. extraordinary design and very good DOF. excelent vivid colors.
ikeharel (58863) 2010-07-29 2:03
That is an old pic. scan, I saw that the 5 ladies on the post are with old-fashion cloths on(off).
Real Sin-city Reno was than...
Fine photo posted, Roger - a piece of history...
rodgerg (55767) 2010-07-29 2:53
1971... Excellent scanwork of tjhis beautiful slide. Good framing for this interesting, orginal and very well coloured image. The peopels - and too tghe cars- give here an interesting element of life.
Have a nice day,
Cricri (107999) 2010-07-29 9:42
Bravo pour cette "vielle" image, j'aime la vue colorée du batiment et tout ces jolis détails qui crée l'ambiance, belle présentation
adramad (38832) 2010-07-29 11:56
Superb job with this old diapos, great picture quality and very good color, the POV of this picture you did in your day I feel great, and really gives the image of city life so special.
Excellent work and wonderful results.
paololg (31448) 2010-07-29 15:24
Ciao dear Roger,
interesting note about the history of Reno. Pleasant photo, colored and well animated by the people in the street. I would like to see this casino in the night, with the colored lights. I believe that the effect is very pleasant. Anyway, you have captured a beautiful photo, compliments!
Ciao, have a nice Friday!
macjake (57412) 2010-08-06 0:30
its great to see these old photographs, heck, it was taken 4 years before i was born!
love the old style cars too, too bad we couldn't see more of them in this shot.
the colours are vivid and its a great overall view for the senses