1872 time capsule from Masonic Lodge opened in Reno

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - The time capsule from Reno's oldest standing commercial building was opened April 16, 2019.

The Reno Masonic Lodge is being demolished for the expansion of the Whitney Peak Hotel.

During demolition, crews found the Lodge time capsule in the building's cornerstone. The capsule was placed in October 1872 and hadn't seen the light of day until the 2019 unveiling.

More than 40 items were recovered, including a harmonica, a corkscrew, a silver specimen, a set of Masonic studs, a Carson dollar, names of Masons from the time, copies of several period newspapers, including the Nevada State Journal, Virginia Enterprise and Carson Appeal, foreign coins, lodge bylaws, and a piece of wood from Sutter's Mill in California.

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Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, Nathan Digangi, Worshipful Master of Reno Lodge #13, and other dignitaries were on hand for the unveiling April 16, 2019.

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