Reno bids bittersweet farewell to 110-year-old bridge made famous in world's 'Divorce Capital'

Reno is bidding a bittersweet farewell to an iconic 110-year-old bridge made famous by newly divorced women — and a Marilyn Monroe character — who walked from the courthouse to cast their past and their wedding rings in the river below.

Known as the "Wedding Ring Bridge," it became a symbol of Reno as the "Divorce Capital of the World" until other states relaxed their laws in the 1960s.

The legend of women walking a block from the courthouse to the bridge over the Truckee River dates to the 1920s.

Photographs and Hollywood movies depict the scenes — the most famous with Monroe in the 1961 film "The Misfits."

Demolition of what's officially named the Virginia Street Bridge begins next week. A new span is to open next May.