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Steve P. and LeeAnn sent me a plate. I'm not certain how it came into their possession, but clearly it had to go on the wall.
Reno has had three different arches over the years; the first was built in 1926 and bore the legend "Reno Transcontinental Highway Exposition" until 1929, when the winner of a slogan contest coined "The Biggest Little City in the World." In 1963 a new arch was built and the older one moved through several locations, including a scrap yard, before finding its current resting place over Lake Street. The second arch is the one depicted on the plate; it stood over Virginia Street until the highly tasteful year of 1987, which we have to blame for the garish current arch. The 1963 arch was donated to the city of Willits, California; it now says "Willits: Gateway to the Redwoods." Also, this is what the Mapes looks like nowadays.