We're planning to celebrate!
Reno was officially established on May 9, 1868. We are quickly approaching Reno's 150th birthday, or sesquicentennial, and there will be several community events from May 2017-May 2018.
City of Reno Planned Events:
- November 11, 2017 - Veterans Day Parade - Reno 150 themed
- December 6 - Annual Tree Lighting - Reno 150 themed
- December 12 - Menorah Lighting
- January 18, 2018 - State of the City
- May 9, 2018 - Sesquicentennial Celebration at Greater Nevada Field
We are in the early stages of planning, but we anticipate the community's involvement with a variety of events throughout the year leading up to Reno's 150th birthday.
Reno was Born
"The Central Pacific Railroad, which began construction in Sacramento in January 1863, reached Reno in May 1868. Its route through the Truckee Meadows followed the river. The location of the depot and a townsite in the Meadows was particularly important, as it was to be the last major stop before westward trains made their way over the steep and rugged Sierra Nevada. Myron Lake sold more than 100 acres for a depot and town—and Reno was born, establishing the theme of transportation that would dominate its development for many years."
-Source: Online Nevada Encyclopedia
In the News
How did the Biggest Little City Get Its name? - An interview of Professional historian Alicia Barber by KUNR.
Countdown to Reno's 150th Birthday