FRED SANFORD REMEMBERS BAKER’S STABLES AND OLD SOUTHWEST RENO

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Hello Karl,

I enjoy reading your Sunday Column in the Reno Gazette-Journal. I came to Reno, when I was 13 years old. I graduated from Reno High School, class of 1961. So, I am one of the old guys. Your article that appeared this Sunday really brought back memories of old Reno. My step-dad built a house at 300 W. Peckham Lane back in the 1950’s. He later built and subcontracted another house at 325 W. Peckham Lane. He was ahead of his time at that time we were on well water. He ran pipes through the floor of both house connected to a geothermal well.

Your article last Sunday, June 14th on Rodeo reminiscence: Nevada White Hats brought back memories in reference to Baker Lake and the Baker Ranch. A couple of friends and I use to build rafts and float down the ditch along Baker Lane in Baker Lake. I remember someone had built a tree house in the branches of a lone large tree in the lake. I remember back then that across Moana Lane from Baker Lane there was a marsh small lake area, we use to call it Berrum Lake back then. We would float our rafts there also. This area was above the old Isbell Construction site, where a group of apartments now stand on South Virginia directly across from Grove Street.

We used to go horseback riding at Baker’s Stables. One of my friends use to work there during the summer. A friend of ours owned a horse that was stabled there. We use to ride down Peckham Lane which was a dirt road back then and head west across Lakeside and continue on a bridle path up to Horseman’s Park and then head up the mountains to Hunter Creek and up to Hunter Lake. It was a good ride up and back in a day. We use to take our fishing gear with us and fish in Hunter Lake. If it was early summer, we use to catch small brookie trout on dough balls. They were pan size just right for cleaning and eating.

I look forward to your columns about a lot of the things I remember about our area. Please keep up the good work Karl.

Another Old Guy,

Fred Sanford

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