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About Reno

231,027 in city
471,902 in metro
148 km² (57 mi²)
1370.99 m
Nicknamed the "Biggest Little City in the World," Reno is a gambling and tourist destination in west-central Nevada near Lake Tahoe. Prior to discovery by early settlers, Paiute and Washoe Indians inhabited the Great Basin. The first recorded sighting of Lake Tahoe by a non-native American was by John C. Fremont, known as the Pathfinder when he set out to explore the West with 39 men in 1843. Reno got its start in 1859 when Charles Fuller established a toll bridge across the Truckee River where two popular trails intersected. The Comstock Lode was discovered in Virginia City and mining camps were established. In 1861 the silver rush began with the discovery of one of the largest silver strikes in the world. Following this in 1867 the Central Pacific Railroad laid the first track down from the Sierra Nevada. Thus Reno was founded as a station and within a month trains were running six days a week. A depot hotel was opened for business and a post office opened. Gambling was legalized in 1879 and the rest, as they say, is history.