In 1889, Francis Newlands built his residence on a sagebrush-choked bluff overlooking the Truckee River. In the decades following, Senator Newlands and his real estate company laid out a series of subdivisions featuring picturesque landscapes, winding boulevards, and a mix of vernacular and high-style residences. These subdivisions are known collectively as the Newlands neighborhood, which has remained a jewel of community planning and design in Reno since its earliest development in the 1890s. Architectural historian ZoAnn Campana recently completed a historic resources survey and National Register nomination for the Newlands Heights Historic District in old Southwest Reno and will be sharing her findings. ZoAnn is an architectural historian and historic preservation consultant in Northern Nevada.
HRPS Scholarship recipient Kristen Tiede will present her Master's thesis research, "We Won't Stay Long: Anticipated Mobility at Rabbithole Springs, Nevada." Located near the Black Rock Desert, Rabbithole Springs, Nevada is a remote mining district originally named by emigrants on the Applegate Trail. Families squatted at the Double O Mine in order to escape the effects of the Great Depression and were able to make a living placer mining for gold. The community was inhabited from 1935-1941 and the residents improvised by living in tents or dugouts built from scavenged materials. This project is a continuation of research conducted by the University of Nevada, Reno and focuses on the anticipated mobility of the community. The patterns of trash disposal, the residential features, and locations of work areas fit together to tell the story of how long the residents thought they would stay at Rabbithole.