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Washoe Valley Alliance

Established in 2013 by local citizens, WVA is a member supported organization working with other organizations and individuals to educate and preserve the unique qualities of Washoe Valley. Join us in keeping Washoe Valley a haven in an urbanized northern Nevada. Memberships are only $20 a year.

For information on how you can participate, email us at washoevalleyalliance@gmail.com or visit our website at:


Washoe City and Slide Mt From The Air


Garden Club Meeting

The Washoe Valley Garden Group is hosting a Pot Luck and meeting on January 20th at the Community Church at 145 Esmeralda in New Washoe City. The club will discuss gardening related topics and may have a presentation on well maintenance. The festivities commence at 6:30 pm and they encourage non-member, Washoe Valley residents to attend and meet their neighbors.

Call Donna Murphy-Sharp at 775-772-4953 for more information if necessary. See you there!

Flumes of the Comstock

Flumes were water filled wooden troughs that brought wood and lumber down from the mountains to feed the Comstock Lodes insatiable need for lumber and fuel. The mountains from Gardnerville to Reno and around Lake Tahoe were clear-cut for the mines and the flumes played a fascinating role in that exciting time.

I found a magazine article from 1896 written by a man who worked on a flume west of Carson City in 1870. The article, “Down A Mountain Flume” is here.

The mountains west of Washoe Valley had several mountain sawmills and flumes between 1863 and 1880.

down the flume oac

Visit The Chocolate Factory

Don’t forget to visit one of the last remaining businesses in Washoe City- The Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory. We took the new freeway home the other day and stopped by for a treat. They have a wide variety of candies and even hand dipped ice cream bars. Valentine’s day is coming up and what could be better than a selection of candies you picked out for that special someone yourself?

Washoe City used to be the largest town in Washoe County and the county seat until the transcontinental railroad was built and it was moved to Reno. Now, the candy factory is one of, if not the only, retail business in the former metropolis.

You can also shop on their website and they will ship to anywhere in the country. The interior photo below only shows about half the store.



From the Oakland Tribune, 1961