Site of Nevada's First Public Library

Reno & Washoe County

"(#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

At Virginia and Mill Sts. -- Reno
* Find this one in front of the U.S. Post Office Building *
* This marker shares its site with [245] - Frederick Delongchamps *
Today, this marker is currently missing

Original Date Visited: 9/29/07

Signed: No

Notes: Unless you're on foot, you better start growing four sets of eyes to spot this one. If you plan to read either [245] or [247], 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
Here's are the last two markers we'd ever expect to go missing, but when major renovation began at the Virginia Street bridge, this was pretty much a done deal. The effort it would've taken to remove these two concrete slabs must have been some work and from the intel we've gathered, plans are in effect to move these two markers nearer the Riverside Walk. Until then, pay homage to these twin markers in the fabulous daze of downtown Reno.

  • Marker 247 in downtown Reno
  • Marker 247 plaque
  • Both of these markers shared real estate before their disappearance in 2015

Exact Description:
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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