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History of the Riverside Hotel and the Virginia St. Bridge
Over 157 years ago—before there was a Reno, Nevada; before there was a state of Nevada; and even before there was a Nevada Territory—there was a bridge over the Truckee River at a narrow, deeply rutted cattle and wagon trail that would one day become Virginia Street. There was also a small rustic inn and tavern occupying a plot of ground at the southern end of the log-and-timber bridge. Even in their earliest days, the bridge and the inn have been central features of Reno, and Jack Harpster’s Genesis of Reno, Nevada, traces their history up to the present-day.