Monday, June 27, 2016

Lassen Historical Museum

  This is a tiny museum with good displays about the local history of the area.  A major industry in Susanville from 1921 - 1954 was the manufacture of wooden boxes used to package and ship fruit grown in southern California.  A log building known as Roop’s Fort is located on the grounds. It was built in 1854 by Isaac Roop, an early settler, as a trading post for westbound migrants.


The museum is accessible. The fort can’t be entered but you can peek in the door.

  The parking in front of the museum is too short for RVs but parking is available on the opposite side of the street.

Museum   40.41888, -120.65739


Diamond Mountain Casino

  A small and slanted lot makes this casino unsuitable for most RVs. We parked nose towards the street close to the smoke shop and managed to get level enough.

  The casino is accessible. The doors are not automatic but  employees are watching and will hold them opened.

Casino    40.42989, -120.65629


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Truckee River Walk

  The Truckee River runs right through downtown Reno. It’s not very wide or deep so swimming, tubing, kayaking and fishing are popular sports. A level, partly shaded, paved path follows the river.  I can’t find any good information on the path so I don’t know it’s length or the start and end points.


  We parked on Mill Street near the National Automobile Museum. There is an access point at the end of Museum Dr. We walked/roll west for about 3 miles until the the path met the sidewalk and without shade it became too hot to walk any farther.

River Walk    39.52684, -119.80801


Atlantis Casino

   Most of the casinos in Reno do not allow overnight RV parking or have lots that are too small but overnight parking seems to be okay at the Atlantis which has a very large lot located across the street from the casino. The farthest away spaces are used by employees. Behind them is a gravel section where trucks and RVs were parked while we were there. We parked in the middle spaces between the employee parking and the street.

  A sky bridge provides access from the lot to the casino, using both an escalator and an elevator. The casino is accessible but it has a lot of small areas that are separated from each other and have ramps so it’s a little difficult to get around.

Casino    39.48909, -119.79637


Saturday, June 25, 2016

National Automobile Museum


   Bill Harrah, owner of Harrahs casinos, was an avid automobile collector, especially of rare and one-of-a kind models. Unfortunately he didn’t leave a provision in his will to preserve the collection.  Holiday Inns bought the hotels, casinos and car collection in 1978 when Harrah died. The bulk of the collection was sold at auctions but Holiday Inns donated almost 200 cars to establish a nonprofit museum.  The cars range from a 1892 experimental steam carriage to a 1980 gold plated Delorean.

  The museum is accessible.

  The parking lot has long bus/RV spaces. Spaces are also available along the street.

Museum    39.52569, -119.80885


Friday, June 24, 2016

Nevada State Capitol

  Nevada was part of Utah territory until the late 1850s when, after an unofficial vote, it declared itself a separate territory. This was good enough for President Lincoln who made Nevada a state in 1864. The silver and gold greatly benefited the Union war effort. Nevada’s capitol building, finished in 1871, is the second oldest capitol building west of the Mississippi. California’s capitol building in Sacramento is the first since it was in use a few years earlier even though it wasn’t finished until 1874.

  The building was completely gutted in 1970s for earthquake retrofitting. Everything was saved and reassembled. It’s not an elaborate building but it’s still worth a visit. A small museum is on the second floor.
  As we were leaving we caught the governor slipping out the side door.  He stopped to chat awhile and, even though he knew we weren’t from Nevada, he was genuinely nice, answered all of our questions and gave us two souvenir coins. 
  The accessible entrance is in the south wing. The museum is accessible.

   We walked from our parking space at the Nugget Casino which is only a few blocks away from the capitol building and has plenty of room for RV parking.
Capitol   39.16391, -119.76643

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Nevada State Railroad Museum

   In 1870, Nevada's first short-line railroad, the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, was completed to haul ore from Comstock Lode mining communities to processing mills near Carson City. At the height of the mining boom as many as 45 trains steamed in and out of  Virginia City every day. Many of the locomotives and other equipment were bought by the movie industry and thus saved from the scrap pile.

  The museum has four Virginia and Truckee locomotives on display along with rail cars and equipment. They’re in wonderful condition and beautifully restored. The trains in the main museum can not be boarded but two of the passenger cars in the shop can be toured. There’s also a large window so visitors can look into the shop where trains are being restored or serviced. On summer weekends train rides are available. The train makes a loop around the museum grounds. 


  The museum is accessible. The shop is accessible but the passenger cars are not. The relocated 1906 Wabuska Depot has a ramp. This is where boarding for the short train rides takes place but I don’t know if the trains are accessible.


  The parking lot has long bus/RV spaces.

Museum    39.14788, -119.76809


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nevada State Museum

  The museum is housed in the old Carson City Mint which was built in 1863 to mint gold and silver coins from the metals that were mined in and around Virginia City. From 1895 to 1933 it served as an assay office. In 1941 the city bought it and opened the museum. An addition was added in 1959. Coin Press No. 1 is still in place along with collections of the rare Carson City coins made at the mint. Other exhibits include Nevada history, geology, a ghost town and a simulated mine.


   Most of the museum is accessible but the Nevada history section on the second floor of the mint has narrow aisles which get cramped when the museum is busy. The simulated mine is not accessible.

The museum is within walking distance of the Nugget Casino where we stayed while visiting the city. Lot # 4 was the designated RV lot for years but it has been blocked off. All of the other lots have outdated signs requesting that RVs be parked in lot 4 but we ( along with other RVers) stayed in one of the other little-used lots without any problems. The casino is accessible but the chairs are very heavy.


Museum    39.16743, -119.76732     Casino    39.16624, -119.76478


Fourth Ward School Museum & Virginia City

   Virginia City boomed with the discovery of the Comstock silver lode in 1859. By 1873 25,000 people lived in the city and the surrounding area. A fire swept through the downtown in 1875 and it was rebuilt to withstand fire with brick walls and steel doors and window frames. These are the buildings that make up the historic district today.

The fire didn’t touch the wooden schoolhouse which wasn’t built into 1876. The school was the pride of the community, built to house many more students than it ever did because, as with all booms, there came a bust. By 1936 when the school closed for good only seven students were in the graduating class.


  The school has been completely restored and, since it wasn’t used for anything after it was closed, everything is original from the 1876 construction. The museum exhibits are housed in the old classrooms. One has been left as a classroom with the original desks, wall maps, and pot-bellied stove. The others have displays about mining and the history of the city.



  Most of the museum is accessible but there are a few displays that are too high to see from a seated position. A ramp from the parking lot leads to a lower level door. Ring the bell for assistance. An elevator accesses all of the floors

  The old buildings in the historic district are wonderful however the shops are the usual tourist type – trinkets, candy, jewelry, old time photos,etc. The sidewalks are boardwalk with very steep little humps. The main street (C Street) like most of the streets in the town isn’t level. These two things combined make the town not accessible for visitors who use wheelchairs.

  Virginia City is a short, easy drive from US 50 but if you’re driving a RV follow the signs. RVs are not permitted on Route 342 because of steep grades. Route 341 has curves but it’s not as steep. Several parking lots have room for RVs but you may have to walk up some steep hills to get to the main street. The school has a small parking lot where short RVs will fit.  Parking is also permitted in the large dirt lot on the opposite side of the street. Downtown is within walking distance.


             Museum   39.30298, -119.65235    Virginia City


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lattin Farms-Harvest Hosts

   Rick and B. Ann Lattin have been farming on this land since 1977. They started with alfafa and grains and now grow a variety of organic fruits and vegetables. Preserves, pickled vegetables, pasta sauces, salad dressing, honey and baked goods are available in their store.  We met some of the employees but not the owners. Everyone was very nice and willing to answer any questions that we had.

  Overnight parking is in a large dirt lot which can be dusty when the wind blows. There’s a grassy lawn with trees, old farm equipment to examine and small animals to visit. The road is busy so there’s some traffic noise.


  The store is accessible. The lot is hard packed dirt and easy to roll along. The area with the farm equipment and the animals has soft, loose dirt and is not accessible.

Farm   Harvest Hosts   39.46235, -118.83261