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Insights from the Virginia Street Bridge Demolition and Replacement Project, Reno NV

Author(s): Shaun Richey ; Amanda Rankin

Year: 2016

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The Virginia Street Bridge, one of the oldest reinforced concrete bridges in the west, located in downtown Reno, Nevada, was built in 1905 and designed by the well know architect John B. Leonard. The bridge stood on the founding location for the city of Reno and with its construction shifted the commercial core of Reno away from the railroad and to the Truckee River making the area around the bridge a center point for commerce in the city.  Because of the bridge’s loss of structural integrity the city of Reno had to replace the historic bridge in the summer of 2015.  This demolition and replacement was permitted by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Highways Administration and therefore required compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act.  During removal of the bridge discoveries of infrastructure related to the industrial and commercial history of the city of Reno were encountered.

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Insights from the Virginia Street Bridge Demolition and Replacement Project, Reno NV. Shaun Richey, Amanda Rankin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434885)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 929

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America