Tour Locations | Downtown Reno: From the Reno Arch to the Truckee River
LOCATION 11 | Downtown Reno: From the Reno Arch to the Truckee River
Courthouse and Divorce
Continue to the corner ahead then stop.
Coming up on your right is the historic courthouse.
In the early 20th century, Nevada had some of the most lenient divorce laws in America. By the 1950s, those laws were loosened even more and celebrities and wealthy East Coasters flocked to Reno to end their marriages. By the mid 1950s some advertisements were even calling Reno the Divorce Capital of The World. That movie The Misfits that I mentioned earlier, was actually about Marilyn Monroe moving to Reno to get a divorce. Reno, in pop culture was synonymous with the practice.
Women would often move here and stay in boarding houses, which meant Reno was temporarily home to many famous and well connected people in that period, and it’s nightlife flourished in response.
Alright we are going to turn left and cross Virginia Street, walking on the sidewalk toward that building that looks like a golden turtle shell.