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Reno, Nevada history is a rich mix of Wild West lore; pioneers, exploration, mining, ghost towns, Native Americans, and numerous colorful characters.
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Nevada's 150th Anniversary of Statehood
Enjoy numerous events celebrating Nevada's 150th birthday anniversary of statehood.

Museums in Reno
The whole family can enjoy the wide variety of museums and related attractions available in the Reno area and throughout Nevada.

Nevada's National Historic Landmarks
Some of Nevada's National Historic Landmarks are in Reno and northern Nevada.

All Aboard! Ride the Virginia & Truckee Railroad
The Virginia & Truckee Railroad is an excursion line following the historic route between Virginia City and Carson City, Nevada.

Train Rides in Nevada
Here's where to ride steam trains and other railroads around Nevada.

Train Rides in Northern California
Here's where to ride steam trains and other railroads around northern California.

Reno Divorce Trade and the Virginia Street Bridge Legend
Reno's divorce trade, the historic Virginia Street Bridge, and the Truckee River are all involved with this enduring Reno legend. How much truth there is to the story remains controversial to this day.

Walking Tours with the Historic Reno Preservation Society
The Historic Reno Preservation Society helps educate both local residents and visitors through walking tours and bike riding tours through Reno's historic districts and other areas of historic interest around the Truckee Meadows and northern Nevada.

Free Lectures from the Historic Reno Preservation Society
The Historic Reno Preservation Society presents free programs about Reno's historic districts and other areas of historic interest around the Truckee Meadows and northern Nevada.

W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum
W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum is packed with an amazing collection of mineral specimens, rocks, fossils, photographs, and historic mining artifacts from Nevada and many other locations around the world. The W.M. Keck Museum is located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, in the Mackay School of Mines building.

Nevada Historical Society (NHS)
The Nevada Historical Society (NHS) is the state's oldest museum. The NHS facility in Reno houses a vast collection of artifacts and documents that chronicle Nevada's history. The collection covers everything from the time of prehistoric people through the coming of white settlers and the vast changes they wrought. Also included are stories...

Government Buildings in Reno
Government buildings in Reno, Nevada, are a mix of historic structures and newer, modern facilities. Reno's government buildings include city, county, and federal offices.

Reno / Tahoe Place Name Game
Our place names list is mostly from Northern Nevada since that is the emphasis at RenoTahoe.About.com, but there are some other Nevada-related titles we think are of interest.

Visit Carson City, Nevada
Learn more about Carson City, the state capital of Nevada - attractions, events, activities, and more.

Visit Virginia City, Nevada
Going to Virginia City, Nevada, is a worthwhile and entertaining outing for both Reno / Tahoe residents and those visiting the area.

Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS)
The Historic Reno Preservation Society helps educate both local residents and visitors through walking tours, bus tours, and bike rides through Reno's historic districts and other areas of historic interest around the Truckee Meadows and northern Nevada.

History of Reno
Learn about Reno's origins and development from the City of Reno website.

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