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Gold was discovered in the vicinity of Virginia City in 1850, and a modest mining community developed, but the discovery of silver in 1859 at the Comstock Lode led to a mining rush.
To provide the necessary connection between Virginia City and the California Trail, Charles W.
The arch included the words "Nevada's Transcontinental Highways Exposition" and the dates of the exposition.
After the exposition, the Reno City Council decided to keep the arch as a permanent downtown gateway, and Mayor E. Roberts asked the citizens of Reno to suggest a slogan for the arch.
While gaming pioneers like "Pappy" and Harold Smith of Harold's Club and Bill Harrah of the soon-to-dominate Harrah's casino set up shop in the 1930s, the war years of the 1940s cemented Reno as the place to play for two decades.
A disaster occurred on the afternoon of February 5, 1957, when an explosion ripped through the heart of downtown.
In 1871, Reno became the county seat of the newly expanded Washoe County, replacing the previous county seat, located in Washoe City.At pm, two explosions, caused by natural gas leaking into the maze of pipes and ditches under the city, and an ensuing fire destroyed five buildings in the vicinity of Sierra and First streets along the Truckee River.Forty-nine people were injured in the disaster, and two were killed.Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos and as the birthplace of Harrah's Entertainment (now known as Caesars Entertainment Corporation).It is the county seat of Washoe County, in the northwestern part of the state. Reno is the most populous Nevada city outside the Las Vegas Valley, with an estimated population of 241,445 in 2015.
No acceptable slogan was received until a $100 prize was offered, and G. Burns of Sacramento was declared the winner on March 14, 1929, with "Reno, The Biggest Little City in the World".