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Fourth Street: Historic tours June 14, 2014

By Samantha Wang

Reno Bike Project is one of the local businesses that make up Fourth Street in Reno. / Photo by Cambria Roth

Reno Bike Project is one of the local businesses that make up Fourth Street in Reno. / Photo by Cambria Roth

On June 14, 2014 the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County is inviting the public to take a tour of the rich history of Fourth Street by either a walking, biking or with a retro-style bus tour. The free tours will be taking place as part of the fun street fair, at Positively Fourth Street.

The 4th Street/Prater Way corridor has played a vital role in the growth of Reno and Sparks. It runs parallel to the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. Architect Frederic Joseph DeLongChamps’ railway depot was constructed in 1910, and still stands today. The street was also once part of the famous Lincoln Highway.

RTC is honoring the past as it plans for the future of 4th Street/Prater Way. A historical app was created in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Reno and Nevada Humanities. It can be downloaded in the app store for free by searching for “Reno Historical.”

Additionally, people may experience a multimedia glimpse into the past by going to: http://www.renohistorical.org.

Space on the tours is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 775-335-1821. The minimum age for the bike tour is 12, and participants must have helmets.

The Reno Bike Project has helmets available for use at the event. The tours are a partnership of: Reno Bike Project, Historic Reno Preservation Society, Reno Historical and RTC.

Tours:

  • Walking Tour at 10 a.m., beginning at Louis Basque Corner
  • Bike Tour at 11 a.m., beginning at Lincoln Lounge parking lot
  • RTC Retro-Style Bus Tour at 2 p.m., beginning at RTC 4TH STREET STATION
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