Did you know there are nine hand-dug irrigation ditches still operating from the Truckee River in Reno? From short ones for the hydroelectric plants at Verdi, Fleisch and Washoe, to the big one, the Steamboat Ditch, more than 30 miles long. Most have access along at least part of their routes, winding through suburbs and golf courses, north past Kiley Ranch and south to Steamboat Hot Springs. Come to a talk about the history of these water channels and how they have survived today. Originally from California, Dana retired to Reno a couple years ago, and while learning his way about, kept running across ditches weaving through town. A little reading gave some of the ditch history, and inspired further research.
In 1889, Francis Newlands built his residence on a sagebrush-choked bluff overlooking the Truckee River. In the decades following, Senator Newlands and his real estate company laid out a series of subdivisions featuring picturesque landscapes, winding boulevards, and a mix of vernacular and high-style residences. These subdivisions are known collectively as the Newlands neighborhood, which has remained a jewel of community planning and design in Reno since its earliest development in the 1890s. Architectural historian ZoAnn Campana recently completed a historic resources survey and National Register nomination for the Newlands Heights Historic District in old Southwest Reno and will be sharing her findings. ZoAnn is an architectural historian and historic preservation consultant in Northern Nevada.
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