Reno Arch

Reno, Nevada | C.1926

Photo Credit: Accidentally Wes Anderson


Arches National Park may not be in Nevada, but Nevada’s “Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno, is home to a special arch of its own: the iconic Reno Arch. The arch was first built in 1926 to promote the Nevada Transcontinental Highway Exposition. The week-long Exposition celebrated the newly completed Lincoln and Victory Highways. Since 1926, Reno residents have seen three different iterations of the arch. At one point, the arch was taken down, but a prop arch of the same design was assembled to star in the 1994 film Cobb. Renoians felt nostalgic seeing the reconstructed arch and decided to bring it back for good. Today’s arch, which has a street address of its own, 255 ½ Virginia Street, can be spotted in other films such as Sister Act and the cult classic Kingpin. The Reno Arch got a makeover in 2017 after the City Council voted to update its colors to silver and blue in honor of the University of Nevada, Reno’s school colors. 

Written By: Ellie Hoffman

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