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20 Interesting Facts About Reno

Facts About Reno

  • There are over 20 casinos in Reno and slot machines are available at the airport, convenience and grocery stores.
  • Famous residents of Reno include Judge Mills Lane, Sharon Stone, Dawn Wells of Gilligan’s Island, Kristi Yamaguchi and Toni Tenille.
  • The city is named after Civil War Union Major General Jesse L. Reno, who was killed in action during the American Civil War at the Battle of South Mountain, on Fox’s Gap.
  • Reno is part of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area, the second-most populous metropolitan area in Nevada.
  • Reno has been a Tree City USA for 28 years, which means that the community has made strides to manage and expand its public trees in order to benefit and protect the environment.
  • Reno is home to the world’s tallest climbing wall.
  • Reno is twinned with the following sister cities: Hatzor HaGlilit, Israel; San Sebastián, Spain; Taichung, Taiwan; Udon Thani, Thailand & Wirral, England, United Kingdom.
  • Reno Tahoe has been named the best tasting tap water in the United States.
  • In 2014, 540 people gathered at the Peppermill Casino & Resort to play checkers, landing them in the annals of history for the most people playing checkers.
  • Reno served primarily as a distribution point, but, after several well-known people were granted divorces or were quickly married there under liberal state laws, the city became famous as a busy divorce and marriage centre.
  • Reno is just east of the Sierra Nevada, on the western edge of the Great Basin at an elevation of about 4,400 feet above sea level.
  • The University of Nevada was moved from Elko to Reno in 1885, with the first classes being taught in 1887.
  • The estimated population of Reno is 246,500, as of 2019.
  • Reno sits in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Annual rainfall averages 7.48 inches.
  • The city has 300 days of sunshine per year. Summer thunderstorms can occur between April and October.
  • Reno, Nevada is known as the “Biggest Little City in the World” and is famous for its casinos and for being the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment, one of the largest gaming corporations in the world.
  • The Reno Air Races, also known as the National Championship Air Races, are held each September at the Reno-Stead Airport.
  • The novel The City of Trembling Leaves by Walter Van Tilburg Clark is set in the city.
  • There are over 159 tree species in the parks in the city of Reno.
  • The videogame Fallout 2 features the fictional city of New Reno, based upon the real-world location.

 

Facts About Reno
Facts About Reno

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