169° A short distance north of downtown Reno, Nevada, are 1,400 to 1,600 bodies in a neglected cemetery that symbolizes anything but respect for the dead.
The Hillside Cemetery is a few blocks West of the University of Nevada and is surrounded by cheap, but expensive, college apartments and Fraternity and Sorority houses. At one time the cemetery was donated to the university with the plan to move the graves and build dormitories, but that never happened and they sold it to a private party.
213° It has been cleaned up at least once in the past few decades, but no one cares for the land or the graves. That might be expected out in a rural area where the people of the town has moved on, but Reno has no excuse for ignoring the sanctity of a burial plot. A four-foot high chain link fence attempts to keep out cars and vandals, but over the years it has taken much abuse.
It is believed to be Reno’s oldest cemetery dating back to the 1870’s, shortly after the city was established. Some want the cemetery restored as a historic landmark. Others want it to go away. It is likely that neither will happen and it will remain a fitting reminder that nothing is sacred in Nevada.