As often happens with growth of cities, conditions change and cemetery lands become no longer suitable for such a use. San Francisco and Chicago are prime examples. In 1921 the City of Reno made a determination that burial plots should no longer be sold in the Hillside Cemetery. Also, since no funding mechanism was in place for the care of the Hillside Cemetery, the cemetery kept falling further and further into disrepair and subject to vandalism and desecration. Some 50 years later in 1971, the City of Reno resolved to restore the cemetery by consolidating the southern portion to the northern portion of Hillside. In 1973, the State of Nevada authorized legislation for the restoration. Unfortunately, the original cemetery owner’s heirs came forward, chose to pay back taxes instead and the City of Reno was prevented from pursuing its plan for restoration. They later sold their interest. The cemetery is now owned by a private cemetery authority that is pleased to be able to bring the envisioned restoration project to fruition.