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City of Reno hosts Historic Marker unveiling

Post Date:08/21/2019 4:52 PM
The City of Reno is proud to unveil the first Historic Marker in the Historical Resources Commission's new marker program. The public and media are invited to an unveiling event on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 1 p.m. at 236 North Virginia Street in Reno. The marker is a tribute to Harold's Club.

“As we move forward as a city and community, these nostalgic reminders of the past become all the more important,” said Reno City Councilmember Jenny Brekhus, also the Council liaison to the Historical Resources Commission. “It is paramount that we continue to preserve our history and find these opportunities to commemorate where we came from.”

History of Harold’s Club

The opening of Harold’s Club on Virginia Street in 1935 by the Smith family changed the face of Reno and helped usher in the modern age of gaming in Nevada. With an emphasis on customer service and its innovative marketing — which included women dealers and its 2,300 “Harold’s Club or Bust” billboards spread across the country — Harold's brought gaming to the forefront and made Reno a destination.

Along with neighboring casinos, Harold’s also lobbied for a regulatory body to ensure respectability and accountability in casino operations. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (1955) and Nevada Gaming Commission (1959) were the result, setting a model for the country.
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