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Old Washoe County Courthouse
Old Washoe County Courthouse in Reno, Nevada, NV

Old Washoe County Courthouse in Reno, Nevada.

Photo © Stan White

The Washoe County Courthouse existing today was completed in 1911. Over the years, wings were added to each side and the back. The neoclassical design of the facade facing S. Virginia Street was incorporated onto the original brick courthouse built in 1872 after Reno became the Washoe County seat in 1871. The design was created by Reno architect Frederick DeLongchamps, whose work graces many historic structures still standing in Reno. The old Washoe County Courthouse is still in use. The Courthouse faces S. Virginia Street. It's address is 75 Court St.,, Reno, NV 89501.

This Washoe County Courthouse is the one that played a prominent role during the heyday of Reno's divorce trade. After receiving their final decree in the Courthouse, legend says divorcees would walk down to the Virginia Street Bridge and fling their wedding rings into the Truckee River. You can see a depiction of this action in The Misfits, the last movie made by both Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable.

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