Vandals damage headstones at historical Reno cemetery

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017|8:52 a.m.

RENO– Reno cops are investigating damage to numerous headstones in an obvious attack of vandalism at a historical cemetery near the UNR campus.

Authorities say a minimum of four headstones at Hillside Cemetery were harmed late Saturday or early Sunday. The markers date to the 1800s and are considered of historic value.

Authorities estimate the damage in the range of $15,000 to $20,000.

The cemetery is the last resting location for a number of the location’s early pioneers, consisting of a congressman and Paiute Chief Johnson Sides, who worked as an interpreter and “peacemaker” for the U.S. Army.

The cemetery’s owner stimulated debate in 2015 when he announced plans to collect 1,000 graves and transfer them to make space for development. The strategies were put on hold in the face of opposition from member of the family and local homeowners.

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