Feb 2018

Dana Munkelt: Truckee Meadows Irrigation Ditches

Did you know there are 9 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.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Location: Northwest Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno

Edan Strekal, Project Archivist, Special Collections, University of Nevada, Reno: Reno Chinatown

Reno, Nevada, like other mining and railroad towns in the American West, had a Chinatown that originated with the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The Sacramento-to-Reno section of the Central Pacific Railroad was completed in May 1868 and the first train traveled the route on June 18, 1868. The displaced Chinese laborers were paid off and left along the tracks. In Reno, they built a bare-wood shantytown along the Truckee River out of any available material. First Street between Virginia and Center streets became Chinatown. Reno's Chinese population existed along the periphery of the larger white community for nearly 40 years, although Chinatown burned down and was relocated several times.

  • Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 PM
  • Location: Sierra View Library, 4001 South Virginia in Reno Town Mall