After learning about Reno’s newest plans to rebuild the Virginia Street bridge I was instantly intrigued and began doing a bit of research. As a member of the Reno Historic Preservation Society and Nevada Historical Society, I have access to historical articles and photos, and I’m excited to share them with you today!
In my research, I found that the Virginia Street Bridge has been rebuilt several times for different reasons. Let’s take a tour throughout the ages – from the humble beginnings to the newest unveiling of this amazing landmark in Reno, Nevada.
Construction of New Virginia Street Bridge 2016
The New Virginia Street Bridge 2016
The New Bridge looks beautiful lit up at night, as viewed from City Hall.
Bridge #4 – 1905
Bridge #3 – 1877
Bridge #2 – 1861
Myron Lake bought the bridge from Charles Fuller in 1861. This rendition is Bridge #2, built by Lake after a flood damaged the original.
Bridge #1 – 1860
Bridge #1 Fuller’s Crossing, the road to Virginia City (thus Virginia Street). Supplies came, crossed the river and headed on up! You can see this original painting at the Lake mansion now located at S. Arlington and Court Street.