Tour Locations | Downtown Reno: From the Reno Arch to the Truckee River
LOCATION 26 | Downtown Reno: From the Reno Arch to the Truckee River
Train Trench + Future Reno
Let’s hang out here for our last stop on the tour.
If you look through the blue wire fence, you’ll see the train tracks about 1 story down. Until the early 2000s, trains ran directly through downtown on above-ground tracks that passed right by the Reno Arch. In old movies and home videos, you’ll often see a train rumbling through the city as cars and pedestrians line up on either side of it. Partially because the traffic, partially for noise and safety, the city finished this trench in 2005 and now the train runs beneath downtown.
Since then, just 15 or so years ago, Reno has seen even more massive changes. If you follow these train tracks to the east, you’ll pass through Sparks and out to the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center where huge corporations like Walmart, Apple and Tesla have set up factories and distribution centers in the desert mountains. As these big companies have moved here for tax relief and cheap land, the city has been hit by an affordable housing crisis and an unprecedented population boom. Yet again, Reno has been gripped by new industries - this time tech and E-commerce - and has begun to transform itself into an entirely new place.
From toll bridge and mining supply stop, to railroad hub and commercial fishing outlet, to divorce capital, casino mecca, all the way until now, Reno is a city that is in the constant throws of big change. Demolishing and rebuilding, always reinventing, and continuously bouncing from boom to bust. The Biggest Little City in the World continues to be many contradictory things at once, and only time will tell what the future booms and busts, what the future Reno. will look like….
From here you should be able to see the Reno Sign. Head back to the poker chips where we started the tour. It’s where we’ll do the final goodbyes.