The arch, which in June 1979 labeled Reno, Nev., “The Biggest Little City in the World,” after redesign and restoration in 1995 became the Willits Arch, naming its community the “Gateway to the Redwoods.”

According to the “New to Reno” historical site, the 1963 Reno Arch which became the Willits Arch was the second generation arch which did away with steel framework used in previous versions in favor of glowing plastic and a flashy rotating star. Because of its design, this arch was dubbed by some the “mod” or “hippie” arch but it was completely overhauled once it was donated to Willits.

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