A brief history of Reno/Sparks provided by the Chamber of Commerce:
1859 Virginia City, Queen of the Comstock is founded. The discovery of the Comstock Lode, the richest silver strike in American history, brings 10,000 prospectors within the year.
1864 President Abraham Lincoln signs a proclamation making Nevada the 36th state to join the union.
1868 In honor of Civil War General Jesse Lee Reno, the settlement known as Lake's Crossing is renamed Reno.
1869 Gambling is made legal in Nevada.
1870 U.S. Mint begins operation in Carson City. The Mint strikes its last coin in 1893, and coins bearing the "CC" marking are coveted by collectors today.
1885 Ground is broken for the construction of the University of Nevada Reno.
1902 Locomobile owned by OJ Smith of Reno is the first automobile driven to Virginia City.
1903 Reno is incorporated as a city.
1917 Sagebrush adopted as the state flower.
Thanks to the Chamber for compiling a bit of history for all of us to enjoy. I will share more discoveries for Northern Nevada in blogs to come.