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Reno Residents Upset Over Proposed Body Removal From Historic Cemetery

(AP) - A number of longtime Reno families are upset at plans to exhume and move more than 800 bodies from the city's oldest cemetery.

The owner of Hillside Cemetery has posted plans to to clear land for potential development, which would require disinterring some of the first people buried in Reno.

The announcement drew immediate outcry as the cemetery dates back to the 1800s and holds the remains of Reno's founders.

Its last grave was dug in 1959.

Any proposed development will have a hard time getting the land as the plots themselves are owned by the families. The cemetery only owns the space in between plots. However, many of the deeds to those plots have not been updated in more than 100 years.