Early Reno, Nevada (Images of America Series)

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In 1868, Reno was a rough railroad town located on the new Central Pacific railroad line and quickly became the transportation hub for the greatest silver strike in the world, the Comstock Lode in Virginia City. By the early 1900s, Reno was the state's financial and industrial center. The automobile and the arrival of the Lincoln and Victory Highways made Reno a convenient place for a quick divorce, and between 1910 and 1970, it was known as the divorce capital of the world. Gaming thrived in Reno's back rooms ...
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In 1868, Reno was a rough railroad town located on the new Central Pacific railroad line and quickly became the transportation hub for the greatest silver strike in the world, the Comstock Lode in Virginia City. By the early 1900s, Reno was the state's financial and industrial center. The automobile and the arrival of the Lincoln and Victory Highways made Reno a convenient place for a quick divorce, and between 1910 and 1970, it was known as the divorce capital of the world. Gaming thrived in Reno's back rooms and alleys since its earliest days, and became the state's major economic force after it was legalized in 1931. Known as the "Biggest Little City," Reno was famous as a place where one could do things that were difficult to do anywhere else.
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The neon street banner on the cover trumpets "RENO, THE BIGGEST LITTLE CITY IN THE WORLD," but its fame goes far beyond slogans and notations of size. Before being eclipsed by Las Vegas, Reno was Nevada's largest city, but most Americans knew it as the divorce capital of the world and as a major hotspot of gambling and other "sinful" activities. This entertaining Images of America release shows how this archetypal place has transformed itself in the past century and a half.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738581859
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 556,007
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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The Nevada Historical Society's Docent Council, a group of enthusiastic history volunteers, has selected the most interesting images of early Reno from the society's extensive archive of over 30,000 images of Nevada for this book. With the assistance of Nevada historians, Historic Reno Preservation Society's FootPrints, and Nevada Historical Society Quarterlies, the Docent Council has crafted the history of early Reno from a raucous railroad town on the Truckee River to the largest city in Nevada from 1890 through the 1940s.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 8

1 Forming a Town: The 1800s 11

2 Becoming a City: The Early 1900s 25

3 Railroads: Linking the Nation 47

4 New Modes of Transportation: Automobiles and Airplanes 57

5 Surviving the Depression: A Marriage and Divorce Destination 69

6 Reno or Bust: The Gaming Industry 77

7 Institutions: Schools, Hospitals, and the Historical Society 85

8 Organizations: Social, Fraternal, and Religious 97

9 Coming of Age: People, Occupations, and Businesses 105

10 How Reno Plays: Entertainment and Recreation 115

Bibliography 127

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