Own a Piece of Reno's History

Celebrate the New Virginia Street Bridge and Support the Museum

This laser-engraved, limited edition, historical memento was made from a salvaged piece of the demolished Virginia Street Bridge which stood in downtown Reno for 110 years. Replaced and re-commissioned in April of 2016, this crossing is now a beautiful gateway to the heart of the Biggest Little City.

A small piece of history for you to hold, this memento was imagined, designed, then hand-cut and milled by Norman L. Dianda, founder and president of the company that constructed the new bridge, Q&D Construction, Inc, in order to celebrate the new bridge with the community and to support a Reno treasure, the National Automobile Museum. 

The Making of a Memory: A Personal Touch

In 2015, while demolishing the historic Virginia Street Bridge, Q&D Construction’s crews removed and straightened several small loads of the old reinforcing bar. These were sent to the home metal shop of Norm Dianda, where he personally cut 1,000 three-inch pieces from the 110-year-old scraps to create palm-sized mementos.

To add a special touch, Norm hand-milled each piece on three sides to provide engraving space that features a delicate line-drawing of the new bridge’s design and laser engraved each with the image, dedication date and logos. It is set in a custom-made presentation box that includes a numbered certificate of authenticity inside the lid. 

You can own one of these limited edition pieces for your collection or give one as a gift to the historian or Reno native in your life. All proceeds go to the National Automobile Museum.

Get yours today at the National Automobile Museum store for a donation of $75.