Reno’s Virginia Street Bridge – Demolition Has Started!
Yesterday’s aerial construction demolition photos of the Virginia Street Bridge, the oldest of all the usable bridges spanning the Truckee River. This 1905 iconic bridge is being replaced after sustaining damage from flooding in 1997 and 2005. The bridge has long been the symbol of divorce folklore – newly granted divorcees would cast their wedding rings into the Truckee River from this location. Here are some additional interesting notes:
- 1939 movie – “Reno” about the life and times of a Nevada divorce lawyer includes the bridge
- 1961 movie – “The Misfits” starring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe shows the bridge site
- Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980
- Over 14,000 visitors and residents use the bridge every day