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Historic Saddle Made in Reno Now Housed in Carson Museum

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Courtesy: Division of Museums and History Courtesy: Division of Museums and History

A Western saddle handcrafted by Reno residents in 1945 will be housed at the Nevada State Museum in honor of the state's 150th birthday in 2014 and will tour the state.

Governor Brian Sandoval and Washoe Family Court Judge and Navy League supporter Chuck Weller were among the dignitaries who welcomed the saddle to the Nevada State Museum on Thursday afternoon from the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Maryland.

The saddle was sent as a special gift to Admiral William Halsey to mark the surrender of Japanese forces in WWII.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor and years of war, Admiral Halsey told the media in 1945 he wanted to ride the horse of the Japanese emperor. Within five months, the Reno Chamber of Commerce had commissioned and built a saddle in a promotion to purchase war bonds. When Washoe County fulfilled their bond quota, local businesses fashioned the saddle, silver and bridle and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe sent specially made buckskin riding gloves.

Judge Weller traveled to the Naval Academy to discuss the saddle's return to Nevada.

Kai Wallis, president of the Reno Council of the Navy League, arranged to finance the saddle's three-year long visit through a generous donation from the E.L. Cord Foundation.

Peter Barton, administrator of Nevada's Division of Museums and History, put the whole project together. As a result, the saddle will be in Nevada for the first time since 1946.

(Division of Museums and History)

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