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  • Reno
    from the 'Wandering in Place'  Project
  • Fluctuatingbetween the perceived authenticity and inherent theatricality of documentaryphotography I equate images with historic narrative. Posing questions withregards to cultural inheritance, isolation, transience and estrangement in America. Reno, NV, is the firstlocation in a larger project entitled Wandering in Place, which currently includes: Detroit, MI; Eden, VT; and Olympia, WA. Reno has embodied the American West’s identityof boom or bust from its inception, and has become a symbol of the Westernspirit of risk-taking and resilience.
  • Reno is located in the Truckee Meadows, which occupies part of theUpper Sonoran Life Zone. The Valley floor is occupied by big sagebrush,bitterbrush and rabbit brush. Sagebrush fills over 60% of all ground space.


    The Jackrabbit and the Coyote are the most well-adapted to theSagelands of Nevada.


    The first Reno would never win awards for city planning ortrend-setting architecture. It was a frontier village that typically sacrificedeverything for prosperity; an attitude that steadfastly remains.
  • A form of public entertainment that attracts considerable attentionin Reno is the walker or professional pedestrian. A walker will arrive in townand publicize their intention to walk a certain distance in a specified time –perhaps 50 miles in 10 hours or less. They’ll hire a hall, pace or measure itslength and width, and ascertain the number of circuits necessary to equal amile. Then they’ll issue a challenge to anyone who thinks they can keep up.Admission is charged – usually 50 cents – and at the prearranged time the walkbegins.
  • Territorial Enterprise 1869

    Miss Kate Lorence accomplished the feat of walking 100 miles in 28 hours, at the Eureka Opera House, winding up the performance at 12midnight. She had one minute and a quarter to spare. We heard offers of bets made that she could walk the same distance inside of 27 hours. As it turned out, from what we could hear, Miss Lorence has not done well, financially.


    On Thursday night snow fell in Reno to the depth of five inches. Yesterday a number of sleighs were running in our streets; but this morning it is thawing fast, and the skies threaten rain.


    Miss Florence Layton died yesterday afternoon at about half-past one o’clock. A sweet spirit has gone to its eternal home beyond the skies, there to be forever more.

  • Nevada State Journal 1869

    A number of incendiary acts have been committed within a few monthspast – among them was a large distillery.

    Died in Reno, April 29 th, of consumption, F.L. Sullivan,age 50 years.


    Mrs. Anna Furlong, of Verdi, who is possessed of the idea that herrelations and everyone else is after her money, had an examination made of hersanity, yesterday, and was pronounced harmless by the county physicians.
  • Asphyxia is not a good word to express sickness or death caused by an interruption of respiration. It really means failing of the pulse. The proper word to define strangulation is Apnœa. The miners in Gold Hill died from Apnœa not Asphyxia.


    For some time past there has been quite an influx of strangers, non-residents at least, who appear to be looking for locations. The opinion is gaining ground that Reno will do to tie to.
  • The Sage Brush says the crickets that a few weeks since threatened to capture all Lassen County have suddenly disappeared.
  • Nevada State Journal, 1879

    A man by the name of Andrew Ryan was found dead in his cabin nearEureka on Tuesday last. He had evidently shot himself sometime during thecourse of the day. Supposed cause – whiskey.

    ‘A Breach of Promise’ will be the next attraction at the Opera House.

    Thomas McCormick, the ex-prize fighter, well-known in Reno, whoattempted to steal Dr. O.N. Sullivan’s watch at Grass Valley, has beenconvicted of petty larceny.
  • Reno is still improving. Several new buildings are in course of construction.
  • Territorial Enterprise, 1879

    Four inches of fine ice on the Evans reservoir yesterday morning.

    Recent investigations isolated individual characteristics common to those suicide prone, included are: denied ambitions, business or personal tragedy, aggressive personality, paranoia and especially transiency.Virtually any list of suicidal traits applies equally well to those drawn to afrontier.
  • Ascheim, the barber and amateur pedestrian, entered the field lastevening to walk against Miss. Randall, one of the female pedestrians nowexhibiting at Piper’s Opera House, in a five-mile rush. Ascheim did well, muchbetter than anyone supposed he could do, starting in as he did without anytraining, and, in the contest, came out but two laps behind his fairantagonist.
  • InReno, Nevada the old ladies
    playslot machines and never stop.

    Reno,Nevada has an efficient police force,
    anannual Rodeo, and an active chamber of commerce.

    Reno,Nevada was named after a Paiute Indian chief
    calledReno, Nevada.

    GuiseppeVerdi wrote an opera
    Called“Reno, Nevada.”

    WhenJesus Christ was nailed to the cross
    hecried out “Reno, Nevada!”

    SometimesI awake suddenly from strange dreams
    like some huge beast, Reno, Nevadais crawling toward me across the desert.

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