Reno is the county seat of Washoe County, Nevada, United States.
has a population of 217,091 (approx) and is the fourth most
populous city in Nevada .
Reno sits in a high desert valley at the foot of the Sierras.
borders Sparks, a city with
Most call the metro area the "Truckee
Meadows" and it has a population of about 310,000
Reno, known as "The Biggest Little City in the World", is famous
for its casinos
, and is the birthplace of the
gaming corporation Harrah's
. City residents are called "Renonians".
Archaeological finds place the eastern border for the prehistoric
in the Reno area.
as the 1850s a few pioneers settled in the
Truckee Meadows, a relatively fertile valley through which the
Truckee River made its way from
Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. In addition to subsistence farming, these
early residents could pick up a bit of business from travelers
along the California Trail, which
followed the Truckee westward, before branching off towards
Lake, where the formidable obstacle of the Sierras
Gold had been discovered in the vicinity of Virginia
City in 1850 and a modest mining
community developed, but the discovery of silver in 1859 led to one of the greatest mining
bonanzas of all time as the Comstock
Lode spewed forth treasure.
The Comstock's closest
connection to the outside world lay in the Truckee Meadows.
To provide the necessary connection between Virginia City and the
California Trail, Charles W. Fuller built a log toll bridge across
the Truckee River in 1859. A small community to service travelers
soon grew up near the bridge. After two years, Fuller sold the
bridge to Myron C. Lake
, who continued to develop the community
with the addition of a grist mill, kiln, and livery stable to the
hotel and eating house. He renamed it Lake's Crossing
County was consolidated with Roop County; Lake's Crossing became the
largest town in the county.
Lake had earned himself the
title, "founder of Reno."
1863, the Central Pacific
Railroad (CPRR) had begun laying tracks east from Sacramento,
California, eventually connecting with the Union Pacific Railroad at Promontory,
Utah to form the first
Lake, realizing what a rail
connection would mean for business, deeded land to the CPRR in
exchange for its promise to build a depot at Lake's Crossing. Once
the railroad station was established, the town of Reno officially
came into being on May 9, 1868. CPRR construction superintendent
named the community
after Major General Jesse Lee Reno
Union officer killed in the American
at the Battle of South Mountain.
Reno became the county seat of the newly expanded Washoe
County, replacing the previous county seat, located in
City. However, political power in Nevada remained
with the mining communities, first Virginia City and later Tonopah and Goldfield.
The extension of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad
to Reno in 1872 provided another big boost to the new city's
economy. At first citizens viewed the changes as an
omen, however in the following decades, Reno continued to grow and
prosper as a business and agricultural center and became the
principal settlement on the transcontinental railroad between
Sacramento and Salt Lake City.
As the mining boom waned early in the twentieth century, Nevada's
centers of political and business activity shifted to the
non-mining communities, especially Reno and Las Vegas, and today
the former mining metropolises stand as little more than ghost
towns. Despite this, Nevada is still the third-largest gold
producer in the world, after South Africa and Australia; the state
yielded 6.9 percent of the world's supply in 2005 world gold
Nevada's legalization of casino gambling in 1931 and the passage of
laws created another boom
for Reno. Ernie Pyle
once wrote in one of
his columns "All the people you saw on the streets in Reno were
obviously there to get divorces." In Ayn
's novel The
, published in 1943, the New-York-based woman
protagonist tells a friend "I am going to Reno," which is taken as
a different way of saying "I am going to divorce my husband." Among
others, the Belgian-French writer Georges Simenon
, at the time living in the
US, came to Reno in 1949 in order to divorce his first wife.
The divorce business eventually died as the other states fell in
line by passing their own laws easing the requirements for divorce,
but gambling continued as a major Reno industry. Beginning in the
1950s, the need for economic diversification beyond gaming fueled a
movement for more lenient business taxation.
The presence of a main east-west rail line, the emerging interstate
highway system, favorable tax climate and relatively inexpensive
land created the ideal conditions for warehousing and distribution
of goods to the growing population in the surrounding eleven
western states. Today, Reno has the largest concentration of
distribution related property per capita in the United
Reno has experienced a growing economy which has resulted in new
home construction around the metro area. A direct result of this
growth and the "housing bubble
been a dramatic increase in housing prices in the area, Reno-Sparks
being named the 44th most overvalued housing market in the nation
in 2006. As of January 2007 Reno‚Äôs housing market has fallen by 7%
bringing the median home price down to $315,000.
In more recent years, the city has gained some fame as it is the
subject of the popular comedy series Reno
(which is not, however, filmed in the city).
Reno is situated just east of the Sierra Nevada
on the western edge of the
at an elevation of about
above sea level. Numerous faults exist throughout the region. Most
of these are normal
faults associated with the uplift of the various mountain ranges,
including the Sierras
In February 2008, an unusual earthquake
began to occur with some quakes registering between 4 and
4.5 on the Richter magnitude
. The earthquakes were centered in an unnamed fault zone
in the western suburbs of Reno in the area of Mogul and Verdi. Many
homes in these areas were damaged.
Reno sits in the rain shadow of the Sierras. Annual rainfall
averages 7.25 inches. The wettest year was 1983 with
13.23 inches and the dryest year was 1947 with
1.55 inches. The most precipitation in one month was
5.25 inches in December 1955 and the most precipitation in 24
hours was 2.29 inches on January 21, 1943. Winter has snowfall
but typically it is light, averaging 22.9 inches annually. The
most snowfall in one year was 63.8 inches in 1971 and the most
snowfall in one month was 29.0 inches in March 1952. Most
winter and spring.
Summer highs are generally in the low to mid 90s (degrees
Fahrenheit, 30s in degrees Celsius), but temperatures above occur
occasionally. The July high daytime temperature averages ; the
night low ; while January high daytime temperatures average and low
night temperatures average . The record high temperature was on
July 10 and 11, 2002. The record low temperature was on January 8,
1890. In addition, the region is frequently windy throughout the
year; observers such as Mark Twain
commented about the "Washoe Zephyr
northwestern Nevada's distinctive wind.
The population was 180,480 at the 2000 census; in 2008, its population was estimated at 217,016, making it the fourth-largest city in the state after Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas, and the largest outside of Clark County Reno lies north of the Nevada state capital, Carson City, and northeast of Lake Tahoe in a shrub-steppe. The area of Western Nevada and the California Sierra Nevada anchored by Reno has a population of approximately 700,000 people. Reno shares its eastern border with the city of Sparks and is the larger of the principal cities of the Reno-Sparks, Nevada Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), a metropolitan area that covers Storey and Washoe counties. The MSA had a combined population of 342,885 at the 2000 census. The MSA is combined with the Fernley Micropolitan Statistical Area to form the Reno-Sparks-Fernley Combined Statistical Area, which had a total population of 377,386 at the 2000 census.
Reno has a basic democratic municipal government. The city council
is the core of the government, with seven members. Five of these
council people represent districts of Reno, and are vetted in the
primary by the citizens of each district.
In general, the top two vote earners in each ward make the ballot
for the city-wide election. This is an unusual but highly effective
The other two members are the at-large, who represent the entire
city, and the mayor, who is elected by the people of the city. The
council has several duties, including setting priorities for the
city, promoting communication with the public, planning
development, and redevelopment.
The government's other members include the city manager
, who implements and enforces the
policies and programs the council approves, and is chosen by the
council. He or she is in charge of the budget and work force for
There is also the city attorney
is responsible for civil and criminal cases. He or she is elected
to represent the city government in court, and prosecutes
misdemeanors as well.
Lastly, the council chooses a city clerk
who records the proceedings of the council, makes appointments for
the council, and makes sure efficient copying and printing services
Universities and colleges
of Nevada, Reno is the oldest university in the state of Nevada and
Nevada System of Higher Education. In 1886, the state
university, previously only a college preparatory school, moved
from Elko in remote
northeastern Nevada to a site north of downtown Reno, where it
became a full-fledged state college. The university's first
building, Morrill Hall, still stands on the historic quad at the
campus' southern end. The university grew slowly over the decades,
but has begun to expand rapidly along with the rest of the state
and currently has an enrollment of approximately 16,000, with most
students hailing from within Nevada. Among its specialties are
mining engineering, agriculture, journalism, business, and
one of only two Basque Studies
programs in the nation. It also houses the only judicial college in
the United States.
- Truckee Meadows Community
College (TMCC) is a regionally accredited, two year
institution which is part of the Nevada System of Higher
Education. The college has an enrollment of approximately
13,000 students attending classes at a primary campus and four
satellite centers. The college offers a wide range of academic and
university transfer programs, occupational training, career
enhancement workshops, and classes just for fun. Courses are
conducted daytime and evening in the classroom, by cablecast, and
on the Internet. TMCC offers associate of
arts, associate of science, associate of applied science or
associate of general studies degrees, one-year certificates, or
certificates of completion in more than 50 career fields, including
architecture, auto/diesel mechanics, criminal justice, dental hygiene, graphic design, nursing,
- The Nevada
School of Law at Old College located in Reno was the first law
school established in the state of Nevada. Its doors were open from
- Career College of
Northern Nevada (CCNN) is a nationally accredited trade school
that trains students in technical fields that support fast growing
industries. The college is locally owned and operated. Employer
advisory boards direct the college in order to provide skill
training that is relevant to the industry needs.
- Morrison University is located in the south side of Reno,
Public education is provided by the Washoe County School District
has ten public high schools: Damonte Ranch, Galena, Hug, McQueen, North
Valleys, Regional Technical Institute (RTI), Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College High School,
Washoe, and Wooster.
- There are also three public high schools in neighboring Sparks,
attended by many students who live in Reno: Reed, Spanish Springs, and Sparks
- Reno-Sparks has 13 middle schools: Billinghurst, Clayton,
Cold Springs, DePoali,
Dilworth, Mendive, O'Brien, Pine, Shaw (Spanish Springs),Sparks,
Swope, Trainer, Vaughn.
- Reno-Sparks has 64 elementary schools: Allen, Anderson,
Beasley, Jesse Beck, Bennett, Booth, Brown, Cannan, Caughlin Ranch,
Corbett, Desert Heights, Diedrichsen, Dodson, Donner Springs,
Double Diamond, Drake, Duncan, Dunn, Elmcrest, Gomes, Grace Warner,
Roy Gomm, Greenbrae, Hidden Valley, Huffaker, Hunsberger, Hunter
Lake, Johnson, Juniper, Lemmon Valley, Elizabeth Lenz, Lincoln
Park, Echo Loder, Mathews, Maxwell, Melton, Mitchell, Moss, Mount
Rose, Natchez, Palmer, Peavine, Picollo Special Education School,
Pleasant Valley, Risley, Roy Gomm,Sepulveda, Sierra Vista, Silver
Lake, Alice Smith, Kate Smith, Smithridge, Spanish Springs, Stead,
Sun Valley, Taylor, Towles, Van Gorder, Verdi, Veterans Memorial,
Warner, Westergard, Whitehead, Sarah Winnemucca, Jessie Hall, and
Sepulveda. (some schools included on this list are in Sparks)
Public charter schools
Reno has many charter schools
include:Academy for Career Education, serving grades 10-12, opened
2002. Bailey Charter Elementary School, serving grades K-6, opened
2001. Coral Academy of Science, serving grades K-12, opened 2000.
serving grades 9-12, opened 2006 . High Desert Montessori School,
serving grades PreK-7, opened 2002. I Can Do Anything Charter
School, serving grades 9-12, opened 2000. Rainshadow Community
Charter High School, serving grades 9-12, opened 2003. Sierra
Nevada Academy Charter School, serving grades PreK-8, opened 1999.
TEAM A (Together Everyone Achieves More Academy), serving grades
9-12, opened 2004.
a few private elementary schools such as Legacy Christian School, Excel
Christian School, and Lamplight Christian School as well as private
high schools, the largest of which are Bishop
Manogue High School and Sage Ridge
Washoe County Library
has locations throughout Reno and its surrounding
Before the late 1950s, Reno was the gambling capital of the United
States, but in the last twenty years Las Vegas' rapid rise,
' 2000 buyout of
and the growth of Indian
California have somewhat reduced its business. Older casinos were
either torn down (Mapes Hotel, Fitzgerald's Nevada Club,
Primadonna, Horseshoe Club, Harold's Club, Palace Club) and smaller
casinos like the Comstock, Sundowner, Golden Phoenix, Kings Inn,
Money Tree, Virginian, and Riverboat closed, and some converted to
of geographical proximity, Reno has traditionally drawn the
majority of its California tourists and gamblers from the San
Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, while Las
Vegas has historically served more tourists from Los
Angeles, San Diego, and other parts of Southern California,
and the Phoenix area.
Reno casinos experience some slow days during the week, especially
during winter, when mountain passes can be closed to some traffic
from Northern California. The train service from California and the
airline service is almost never interrupted. During weekends,
holidays and special events Reno does see an increase in business.
Large special events such as Hot
Great Reno Balloon Race
pack the area hotels to 100%
Several local large hotel casinos have shown significant growth and
have moved gaming further away from the Virginia Street core.
larger hotel casinos are the Atlantis, the Peppermill and the Grand Sierra Resort.
The Peppermill was chosen as the most
outstanding Reno gaming/hotel property by Casino Player and Nevada
magazines. In 2005, the Peppermill Hotel Casino began a $300
million dollar Tuscan-themed expansion.
In an effort to bring more tourism to the area, Reno holds several
events throughout the year, most of which have been extremely
successful. They include Hot August Nights (a classic car
convention), Street Vibrations (a
motorcycle fan gathering and rally), The Great Reno Balloon Race, the
Best in the West
Nugget Rib Cook-off (held in Sparks), a Cinco de Mayo celebration, bowling tournaments (held in the National
Bowling Stadium), and the Reno Air
large commercial developments have been constructed during the
mid-2000s boom such as The Summit in 2007
and Legends at
Sparks Marina in 2008.
the location of the corporate
headquarters for numerous companies,
including Braeburn Capital,
Port of Subs, PC-Doctor, and International Game Technology, which manufactures slot
and GameTech also have development and
manufacturing presence in Reno.
The closure of many downtown casinos has sparked a movement to turn
them into condominiums
developers have purchased the Comstock and the Sundowner, amongst
others, in hopes of turning them into upscale condos. In addition
to converting old properties, these developers are building new
structures on formerly-vacant lots. The Comstock was redeveloped
and is now home to The Residences at Riverwalk
The Reno Transportation Rail Access Corridor (ReTRAC) was
undertaken to solve noise pollution
and traffic congestion on Virginia Street by lowering the train
tracks below street level. This has also added to the city's
efforts to make the downtown area friendlier to tourists. The
trench was listed as completed on November 22, 2005. In 2008, the
city council approved spending on creating a trench cover between
Virginia Street and West Street essentially creating a two-block
tunnel. This cover is slated to become a plaza with proposed retail
and art fixtures.
Reno has recently seen the opening of many businesses that cater to
socializing and after-work activities, as new and old Reno locals
have slowly reclaimed parts of downtown from the waning glut of
casino-bound tourists of yore. Many bars and nightclubs have moved
into the area on West 1st and 2nd Streets between Arlington and
Sierra in downtown Reno. In addition, various downtown casinos host
lounges and nightclubs.
Downtown Reno is Reno's most popular area for bars and clubs.
However, there are a few other hotspots including East Fourth
Street, Wells Avenue, the UNR area, Kietzke Lane, and all along
South Virginia St. Most neighborhoods also have their local bars,
sports bars, or breweries, primarily in strip malls.
casinos, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Br√ľka
Theatre, La Bussola, Sierra Arts, and the Reno Events
Center also provide numerous concerts, art events, plays,
and shows as well.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 180,480
people, 73,904 households, and 41,681 families residing in the
city. The population density
1,008.3/sq mi (2,611.4/km¬≤). There were 79,453 housing units
at an average density of 1,149.6/sq mi (443.9/km¬≤). The racial
makeup of the city was 77.46% White
, 2.58% African American
, 0.56% Pacific Islander
, 9.26% from
, and 3.60%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 19.18% of the
There were 73,904 households out of which 27.6% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples
living together, 10.6% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 43.6% were non-families.
32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age
of 18, 11.8% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to
64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
34 years. For every 100 females there were 104.6 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,530, and the
median income for a family was $49,582. Males had a median income
of $33,204 versus $26,763 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$22,520. About 8.3% of families and 12.6% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 16.3%
of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.
The course of the Truckee River
through Reno, as does the Union
, Interstate 80
(east-west) and US 395
Reno has an extensive bus system called RTC
(formerly known as Citifare), which is provided by the
Transportation Commission of Washoe County
. The bus system has
its main terminal in downtown Reno and secondary terminals in
Sparks and at Meadowood
Mall in south Reno.
The RTC also has a service
called RTC ACCESS
(formerly known as
CitiLift) that provides transport for disabled people. RTC INTERCITY
(formerly known as PRIDE) buses
link Reno and Carson City.
The RTC also provides a free bus service up and down Virginia
Street in Reno called RTC SIERRA SPIRIT
, which many locals
refer to as "the Pinwheel bus" due to the pinwheel design on the
bright yellow buses and at bus stops. This regular service is free
, the national passenger rail system,
provides service to Reno. The city's passenger rail station is
located at 280 North Center Street, East Commercial Row in downtown
Reno. Amtrak train 5, the westbound California Zephyr, is scheduled to depart
Reno at 12:03 pm daily and provides service to the cities of
Truckee, Colfax, Roseville, Sacramento, Davis, Martinez, and Emeryville, across the bay from San Francisco. Amtrak train 6, the eastbound California
Zephyr, is scheduled to depart Reno at 2:11 pm daily and provides
service to Sparks, Winnemucca, Elko, Salt Lake
City, Provo, Helper,
Green River, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Denver, Omaha,
Galesburg, and Chicago.
Amtrak California Thruway Motorcoaches
also arrive and depart Reno four times daily in each direction
connecting to and from the Coast
, Capitol Corridor, and San Joaquin trains at
is served by Reno/Tahoe International
Airport, with general aviation traffic also handled by
home to the Reno Aces, a minor league baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and plays in
downtown ballpark opened in 2009.
Reno has hosted multiple
professional baseball teams in the past, most under the Reno Silver Sox
name. The Reno Astros, a semi-pro unaffiliated baseball
team plays at Moana
professional basketball, the Reno
Bighorns, a 2008 expansion of the NBA Development League, plays at the
Reno is expected to be the future home of an ECHL
ice hockey team, currently named the Reno Raiders
, but construction on a suitable
arena has yet to begin as of the 2008-2009 season. The franchise
has been dormant since 1998, when it was named the Reno Rage
, and earlier the Reno Renegades
, and played in the now defunct
West Coast Hockey League
The Legends Reno-Tahoe Open
is northern Nevada‚Äôs only PGA TOUR event, held at Montr√™ux Golf
& Country Club in Reno, Nev. As part of the FedEX Cup, the
tournament follows 132 PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share
of the event‚Äôs $3 million purse. The Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation has
donated more than $1.8 Million to local charities.
Reno also enjoys a thriving college sports scene, with the Nevada Wolf Pack
achieving appearances in
football bowl games and an Associated Press Top Ten ranking in
In 2004, the city completed a $1.5 million whitewater park on the
Truckee River in downtown Reno which attracts paddlers from all
over the region and hosts whitewater events throughout the year.
The course runs Class 2 and 3 rapids with safe and free, year-round
public access. The north channel features more aggressive rapids,
drop pools and "holes" for rodeo kayak-type maneuvers. The milder
south channel is set up as a kayak slalom course and a beginner
The Reno area boasts 14 ski areas within two hours of the
Reno is also home to a roller derby team, the Battle Born Derby
Demons The Battle Born Derby Demons compete on flat tracks locally
and nationality. They are the only Derby team locally to compete in
a national Derby league.
the home of the National Bowling Stadium, which hosts the United States Bowling
Congress (USBC) Open Championships every three
Reno is home to a variety of recreation activities including both
seasonal and year-round. In the summer, Reno locals can be found near
three major bodies of water: Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River,
Tahoe, which splits the border between California and
Nevada, provides visitors and locals with opportunities to fish,
water-ski and wakeboard, parasail, jet-ski, and of course
The Truckee River runs from Lake Tahoe through the
center of downtown Reno and up to Pyramid Lake. After receiving
city funding, the Truckee River now draws kayakers from all over
the United States. The river is also a major part Artown
, held in the summer at Wingfield Park, where
locals and visitors come to swim, inner-tube, raft and enjoy local
Reno culture. Washoe Lake is also a popular kite and windsurf location
because of its high wind speeds during the summer.
Skiing and snowboarding are among the most popular winter sports
and draw in many tourists. There are approximately eight major ski
resorts, including Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe,
Meadows, Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Sugar Bowl, Diamond Peak, Heavenly, and Mount Rose Ski Resort located as close as eleven miles (18 km) and
as far as ninety-eight miles from the Reno-Tahoe International
Other popular winter activities include cross
country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and snowmobiling.
2022 Winter Olympic Games
The resort region around Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada
borders have formed the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition to make a
bid for the 2022 Winter
. They cited the airport, close mountains, and compact
geographic area in which the games could be held. Squaw Valley
Ski Resort, which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, is considered a
major advantage to the bid.
However, the USOC has announced
it is focusing on the Chicago
2016 Olympic bid
, precluding any bid in 2018, and will not bid
until at least the 2022 Winter
The Reno-Sparks wastewater
plant discharges tertiary treated effluent
to the Truckee
. In the 1990s this capacity was increased from 20 to 30
million gallons (70 to 110 million liters) per day. While treated, the
effluent nevertheless contains suspended solids, nitrogen, and phosphorus,
aggravating water quality concerns of the river and its receiving
waters of Pyramid
Local agencies working with the U.S. Environmental
have developed a number of watershed
management strategies to accommodate this expanded effluent
discharge; to accomplish this successful outcome, the DSSAM Model
was developed and calibrated for the
Truckee River in order to analyze the most cost effective available
management strategy set. The resulting management strategies included
a package of measures such as land use
controls in the Lake
Tahoe basin, urban runoff
controls in Reno and Sparks and best management
practice for wastewater discharge.
are an important part of the
Reno/Tahoe area. They act as a natural filter for the solids that
come out of the water treatment plant. Plant roots absorb nutrients
from the water and naturally filter it. Wetlands are also a home
for over 75% of the species in the Great
. However, the area's wetlands are at risk of being
destroyed due to development around the city. While developers
build on top of the wetlands they fill them with dirt destroying
the habitat they create for the plants and animals. Washoe county
has devised a plan that will help protect these important
ecosystems: Mitigation. In the future, when developers try to build
over a wetland, they will be responsible for creating another
wetland near Washoe Lake.This area is much smaller than the
The Truckee River serves as Reno's primary source of drinking
water. It supplies Reno with 80,000,000 gallons of water a day
during the summer, and 40,000,000 gallons of water per day in the
winter. Before the water goes to the homes around the Reno area, it
must go to one of two water
plants, Chalk Bluff or Glendale Water Treatment
Plant. As an attempt to save water, golf courses in Reno, like
Arrow Creek Golf Course, have been using treated effluent water
instead of treated water from one of Reno's water plants.
In pop culture
Reno is a setting in various books, movies, songs and other works.
In the first chapters of Anthony
's 2007 book Nightrise
, two of the main characters, Jamie
Tyler and Scott Tyler, perform at a theatre in Reno. Walter Van Tilburg Clark's
autobiographical novel The City of Trembling
Leaves has detailed descriptions of Reno, as well as
Tahoe and the Mount Rose Wilderness in the 1920s.
On television, Reno is the setting of the Comedy Central
show Reno 911!
, although the show is not filmed
there. (This is proven by numerous palm trees on the set, which are
not present in real-life Reno.) In the game Fallout 2
, the city of New Reno is built upon the
remains of Reno.
Reno appears as the setting of a number of movies. The movie
takes place in Reno at the
National Bowling Stadium. In the film Balls of Fury, Randy Daytona works at the
Casino in Reno as a dinner show
entertainer and wears a Peppermill
jacket throughout the movie. Several scenes from the movie
Mafia! take place at the Peppermill
Hotel and Casino, one of which is filmed in their penthouse
In addition to movies that feature Reno as a setting, many movies
have been filmed in Reno. For example, The Cooler
with William H. Macy
was filmed in Reno at the now defunct
Golden Phoenix Casino on Sierra Street, but within the movie the
story takes place in Las Vegas. Movies filmed in Reno include:
- Woody Guthrie wrote a song in 1937
originally titled "Reno Blues" but later known as "Philadelphia Lawyer" about a
lawyer who has an affair in Reno with the "maiden" of a "gun-totin
cowboy" only to later be killed by said cowboy.
- Johnny Cash recorded a song in 1956
called "Folsom Prison Blues" in
which he sings, "When I was just a baby, my mother told me,
'Son, always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns.'
But I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die." Reno was
also the first city listed in his 1996 remake of Hank Snow's 1962 North American version of
- Alternative rock band R.E.M. had a single
in 2001 called "All the Way to
- The song "Loser" (1994), by
alternative artist Beck, contains the line,
"Baby's in Reno with the vitamin D, got a couple of couches, sleep
on the loveseat..."
- Rapper Kanye West's video for the
song "Drive Slow" (2006) was filmed in
Reno and Las Vegas.
- Rocky Votolato's 2007 album
The Brag and Cuss has a
song, "The Wrong Side of Reno" in which Voltolato sings, "I hear a
train whistle blowing and it's in key with my song, all the way on
the wrong side of Reno where all my toughest friends are
- Tom Waits refers to Reno in several
songs: "Virginia Avenue" from the Closing Time album is set in Reno
refers both to Virginia Avenue, Reno's main street, and Harold's
Club, once the largest casino in Reno; "Hang on St Christopher"
from Franks Wild Years;
"Wrong Side of the Road" ends with the line 'We'll drive all the
way to Reno on the wrong side of the road'; and "Better Off Without
a Wife" from Nighthawks at
- The Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil" starts out with the
line: I set out from Reno; I was trailed by twenty hounds.
- Folk singers Richard Fari√Īa
and Mimi Fari√Īa wrote a song called
"Reno, Nevada." It was recorded by Iain
Matthews on his "If You Saw Thro‚Äô My Eyes‚ÄĚ album in 1971.
- Country rock band Southern
Pacific had a hit song entitled Reno Bound.
- Doug Supernaw's "Reno" appeared on
the album Red and Rio
Grande in 1993.
- Bruce Springsteen's "Reno"
appeared on the 2005 release Devils & Dust.
- Reno is a major center for Straight
- Goran Bregovińá's "Man from
Reno" appeared in album P.S.
in 1996. P.S. is a choice of Goran's favourite
compositions that appeared in several films (Goran Bregovińá is
widely popular for making music for films).
- Chevelle In the song, "Send the Pain
Below", the music video was filmed at Northstar Ski Resort and
parts of the Reno Arch were showed in the music video.
Reno has five sister cities
Zealand was a sister city from 1974 to 2009.