Site of Nevada's First Public Library
"(#245) The diversity at the Reno Riverwalk is tantalizing ... musicians, tourists, aspiring artists, and regular locals, an eclectic mix of humanity lining one of the best urbanized sections of stream in the United States. Reno is blessed to have such a healthy river! ... A lovely watercourse that ties together both its heart and its soul. Yet, sitting here beneath these massive shade trees, the sound of the roaring river and the rambunctious automobile both earn a synonomous caracature of downtown Reno. I begin to ponder about the city's future. Located so close to the Golden State, Reno runs the great risk of losing its long-lived, small-town charm ... and with it, its very identity. Many transplants make the move to Reno, interested in Reno's close-to-home, wild-by-nature conservancy, yet unknowingly bring with them the same suburban mindset that plagues their state today. "Necessary" shopping malls, intense modernization ... build and build, without regress. Nevada is different after all. We can only hope Reno, and places like Reno, stay Reno." -- Journal Entry, September 2007
Original Date Visited: 9/29/07
Notes: Unless you're on foot, you better start growing four sets of eyes to spot this one. If you plan to read either  or , you're going to have to get and park along Mill Street. Use either of the side streets near the courthouse (such as First or Mill) and use the parking meters.
Currently Missing -- Last Seen: January 2016
In 1895, Washoe County District Attorney Frank H. Norcross, later a Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court and a Federal Judge, began a drive to establish Nevada's first free public library in Reno. That year, he persuaded the Nevada Legislature to enact a law establishing Nevada's public libraries. Nevada's first public library building was erected on this site in 1904 with $15,000 donated by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie on land originally donated to the City of Reno by pioneer Myron C. Lake. It remained in service until 1930, when growth forced its relocation to the site where the Pioneer Theatre Auditorium now stands. The library was sold for $1 and demolished in 1931. In 1966 the library was relocated to a new building at Center and Liberty Streets, three blocks south of this site.
Marker 247 before its disappearance in 2016.
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