Congratulations to Greg, who has arrived in Reno! (You can read dispatches from his trip at Notlost.) The arch seen in his final post of the trip has a history dating back to 1926, when it read "Reno Transcontinental Highway Exposition". Reno’s motto — "The Biggest Little City in the World" — has appeared on the arch since 1929, the winning entry in a contest to choose a city motto. Reno was named after Union Major General Jesse Lee Reno on May 9, 1868. Although Reno is most famous now for gambling, at one point Reno had a different reputation. Thanks to Nevada’s liberal divorce laws and six-week residency requirement, Reno was once the prime location for a peculiar sort of spa: the divorce ranch, where upper-class women could while away the time waiting for their divorce to come through. Today, the divorce ranch is largely forgotten, remembered only through the occasional reference in literature from the first half of the century and George Cukor‘s 1939 film, The Women. But if you’re ever in Las Vegas, stop by the Floyd Lamb State Park, the site of a former divorce ranch, and imagine a rich women — a Rockefeller, a Vanderbilt — spending a few weeks on the Monte Crisco or the Lazy ME, taking a poolside nap, flirting with cowboys, and riding into the sunset. None