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August 31, 2005

Downtown Reno Photos

Today Sammy and I took a stroll around downtown Reno. I had some specific pictures in mind that I wanted to take for a story I’m putting together for Around Carson, but along the way I found plenty more to snap pictures of. So I gathered a bunch of those impromptu pictures and put them up on Flickr, in a Downtown Reno photo set. I’ve got plenty of landmarks in there, like the river and the arch, but soon I got off the main strip and started snapping pictures of the old, run-down motels that are sitting a couple of blocks off Virginia Street.

El Ray and Reno Motels

City Center Motel

Reno Motel

In-Town Motel

Go look at the whole set. There are lots of junky motels that deserve to be torn down, with cool old signs that deserve to be saved. The motels, I have no doubt, will eventually fall to the wrecking ball. In fact, one of them is in the process of coming down now. But the signs will either go with them, or be removed and locked up somewhere. But we’ll always have the pictures.

And keep your eye on Around Carson. I should have the real pictures, the ones I went to Reno to get, up soon.

Expo 86

I found a pretty in-depth site about Expo 86. Expo 86 in Vancouver was the last World’s Fair held in North America, and the only one I’ve been to (even if I was only 10 years old). Up until now information on the web has been scarce and scattered, like here, here, here, and a list of links here. But by far the most extensive I’ve seen is this site, looking back at Expo 86. A bit of a warning, all the pages on the site consist of a single 1120×725 jpg file, so you’ve either got to have your resolution bumped up or prepare to do a lot of scrolling. And the whole thing is laid out like a glossy brochure, where you have to flip from one page to the next, and there’s very little text. But there are hundreds and hundreds of pictures here of the fair, so even for all its shortcomings it’s definitely a site to point to.

Also, one of the curiosities at the fair was the floating McDonald’s restaurant (seen here). After the fair it was towed to a boat junkyard and left to decompose. But that doesn’t stop some people from rowing out to it and sneaking around on board. Look here for an account of an illicit expedition to the “McBarge”.