Although unnamed and all-but-forgotten, Lovers Lane still exists as a sanitized version of its former self.
The alley runs north between 1st originally Front and 2nd Streets and east between Center and Lake Streets. Chinatown, another center of vice with opium dens and prostitution, joined it to the east.
The Alley was commonly referred to as Lovers Lane until as late as the s. Reno residents tolerated the trade as long as it was contained in this area but in Sheriff Charles Ferrel began a hokoers to close down the establishments.
On one Tuesday alone, the Sheriff visited women in this red light district. In City fathers burned Chinatown as part of its cleanup effort.
Over the next twenty years, combatting prostitution and opium dens was an ongoing battle. Despite this colorful history, Lovers Lane never quite had the importance of the three named downtown alleys--Fulton Douglas, and Lincoln.
Media Images Lovers Lane, The alley today, shown looking north from First Street, bears no trace of its former life. Alicia Barber "Female Boarding" in A Rneo fire insurance map published in depicts the brothels labeled "Female Boarding" lining either side of Lovers Lane. Yellow indicates that these "cribs" were constructed of wood.
Note the surrounding Chinese laundries, colored green to indicate a site of Specially Hazardous Risk, regardless of construction materials. Image courtesy of U.
Library of Congress Tenements, As seen on a Sanborn fire insurance map, hooksrs "female boarding," or prostitutes' quarters, formerly lining the alley were now referred to as "tenements. Odd Fellows Building.
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