Sunday, August 24, 2014

Reno facts

Things Every Reno-Sparks Resident Should Know

-Charles William Fuller had the first settlement in Reno
-Shoshone, Washo, Paiute are the 3 Native American tribes represented at Idlewild -Sparks comes from Nevada Governor John Sparks
-Reno is named after General Jesse Lee Reno
-Fourth Street is where the Fight of the Century on July 4, 1910, between Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries, took place
-The Truckee River was named after a Paiute chief
-TM Ranch near Sutcliff was the first dude ranch
-In Reno, on First and West streets, is the oldest Methodist Church west of the Mississippi
-All of these entertainers worked at the Mapes: Liberace, Danny Thomas, Mae West, Gypsy Rose Lee, Nelson Eddy, Milton Berle, The Marx Brothers, Lena Horne, Ann-Margret, Sammy Davis, Jr., Vic Damone, Lynda Carter
-Ducks ate the Virginia Lake water fountain
-Mills Lane was a former Washoe County DA that parleyed his political hubris into a television career
-The Misfits is a classic screen play about Nevada
-Priscilla J Ford was a mass murderer who was sentenced to death for killing six people and injuring 23 more, driving down a Reno sidewalk on Thanksgiving Day 1980. She died in prison from emphysema Jan 2005
-Masonic Building on Commercial Row and Sierra Street is the oldest standing building in Washoe County
-The Reno tailor who added the first copper rivets to Levi¹s jeans was Jacob Davis
-A famous bird that was impounded by the US Treasury Dept was the Solid-Gold Rooster at John Ascuaga's Nugget
-March 11, 1905 Sparks was incorporated
-There has been four Reno arches
-G. A. Burns of Sacramento came up with “Biggest Little City In The World”
-Morrill Hall is the oldest building at UNR
-Glendale School was the oldest school in Nevada (1864-1958)
-Tad Dunbar has a lifetime news anchor contract
-Just off Angel Street there is a Civil War Cemetery
-According to legend, women threw their wedding rings off of the Virginia St bridge after their divorces
-The art in front of the Federal Building represents a Native American bone artifact
-The flood of 1997 in Reno resulted in the largest 8 day release of water from Lake Tahoe in history, hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, and massive hydrophobia
-Saint Mary¹s Regional Medical Center began as a convent and school in 1897
-George P. Turritin was Reno’s first mayor
-On the site of the Riverside Hotel is where Lakes Crossing started
-April Fool¹s Day, 1868 is the date the town site for Reno was laid out

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