Monday, May 16, 2011

Nevada Historical Marker #30

Sunday morning when I was in Reno for the Petersen Shootout, I spent an hour wandering around looking for five different Nevada Historical Landmarks, including; Reno #30; Nevada-California-Oregon Railroad Depot #210; Lake Mansion #227; Frederick Joseph DeLongchamps #245; and Site of Nevada's First Public Library #247.

Nevada Historical Marker #30

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This marker is located at 187 South Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada. There are 41 other historical markers in Washoe County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 39° 31.454 W 119° 48.741.

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Nevada Historical Landmark #30

Before the coming of white man, roving Washoe and Paiute bands inhabited the Truckee Meadows. The first whites passed through the area with the Stevens-Murphy emigrant party in 1844 and settlement began in the early 1850's. Charles William Fuller established a river ferry across the Truckee in the fall of 1859 and completed a bridge and hotel by the spring of 1860. Myron C. Lake acquired Fuller's holdings in 1861, rebuilt the bridge and established Lake's Crossing. In 1868, Lake offered land for a depot to the Central Pacific Railroad and the town was laid out. The community's name honors a civil war officer, General Jesse Lee Reno.

Reno's transcontinental railroad connection and its rail link to the Comstock Lode helped lay the foundation for the economy, as did the lumber industry and the surrounding ranches and farms.

The community's reputation as a divorce center began in 1906 and gambling was legalized in 1931.

Nevada Historical Landmark #30

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