South Virginia’s Nevada Stock Farm



In days past Hill & Son, August and Fred respectively, have crept into my writings, in connection with building what we now call the Redfield home on Mt. Rose Street, that a duplicate of August Hill’s brownstone in New York City following his migration to Reno in the 1920s.  Later they were the builders of Hill & Son’s Motel, which was gradually absorbed into the Peppermill.

            I alluded in earlier columns to a dude ranch they owned and operated on South Virginia Street.  Following a little legwork, some help from August Hill’s great-grandson, Reno attorney Richard Hill, a pleasant afternoon in the deep catacombs of the Nevada Historical Society, and finally info from a book I’ll name soon, the time is upon us to learn of the Nevada Stock Farm.  But – we have to go back to 1915 and start the yarn with a reference to George Wingfield, Owner and Operator of Nevada.

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The Magnificent Twelve

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I was hoping to fulfill a reader’s request for a shot of the old Reno Laundry on Wells Avenue that’s happily being gentrified, but no go, as in no picture yet today with the afternoon pretty well shot.

SOOOOOOOO – you get a couple that I’ve had in my computer for a long time, always thinking they ought to be drug out and published, that there was a link between them somehow. (I’m already in the doghouse about a story about the Bishop’s Bendix in San Francisco, this beef coming all the way from Australia.) At this juncture, I remind viewers, this column is mostly about Reno, a bit of San Francisco, and precious little about Australia.

Reno Laundry, soon…