On May 9, Reno celebrated 150 years since the city’s founding back in 1868.
How did Reno get started you ask? A century and a half ago, the Central Pacific Railroad auctioned off 400 lots surrounding the site of a planned railroad depot. The city of Reno was born.
The town was named after General Jesse Lee Reno, who was a Union Army general that was tragically gunned down by a Confederate sniper in 1862. General Reno has actually never set foot in Nevada, much less the city that was named for him. Historical researchers believer that CPRR president Leland Stanford dubbed the town Reno to honor his friend General Irvin McDowell, how was one of Gen. Reno’s former commanding officers.
Reno was not the first settlement in the region and the…