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The town of Glendale preceded Reno as a settlement and was thought to be destined to be the metropolis along the Truckee River. Those dreams were shattered when the town was bypassed by the Central Pacific Railroad and the station was routed to Lakes Crossing in what was soon to be Reno. The first teacher of this little white schoolhouse, E.C. Sessions, taught in his home until this building was constructed in 1864. The cost of the building was $1,446, and to this day it remains a testament to the craftsmanship of the builder, Archie Bryant. Over the years, many early Nevadans were educated at this little schoolhouse, perhaps the most notable was U.S. Senator Patrick A. McCarran. The schoolhouse is open for visiting only by requests made in advance through the Sparks Chamber of Commerce.
Legends at Sparks Marina has great entertainment facilities, restaurants, stores and factory outlets. Spend the day shopping at stores such as Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Gamestop, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger Company Store. The Dickinson Theaters and IMAX are also the perfect place to catch the latest movie.
If classic cars are your passion, then this museum is an absolute must-see. The 100,000-square-foot building houses one of the largest collections of antique automobiles to be found anywhere. The cars are grouped by age in street settings appropriate to their time. These real-life backdrops include everything from Burma Shave signs to old gas pumps. See the cars that were originally a part of the Harrah collection including a Cadillac that belonged to Elvis Presley.
In 1926, with the completion of the Lincoln Highway, city fathers wanted something that would make Reno stand out in the minds of those who visited the city. So the Reno arch was erected. In 1964, it came down and was banished to the scrap yard for a while. Since that time, the old arch has been moved to different spots in the city before finally finding a permanent home on Lake Street near the National Automobile Museum. Not as glitzy as the newer signs that have followed it, the old arch was a modern marvel that welcomed the likes of movie stars, politicians and divorcees to our fair city.
The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is a great place to bring your family to explore and learn about the history of the state of Nevada. Exhibits deal with nature, wildlife, environmentalism and renewable energy as they pertain to the region.
Magic Underground in Reno is located in Pioneer Center for Performing Arts. It brings out shows that feature all kinds of magical wonders that are sure to leave you spellbound. Magic Underground even holds special matinée shows for those who don't want to go out too late. So if you like shows that will boggle your mind, head to Magic Underground.
The Reno Arch is a prominent landmark in downtown Reno. The first arch went up in 1926 to celebrate the completion of the Transcontinental Highway. It was made of steel and featured the city's nickname, "The Biggest Little City in the World." Three different arches have stood in this location and the current one was hoarded in 1987. The first arch, the Old Reno Arch is now on Lake Street and the second one was gifted to a Californian city. Decked up with LED lights, it is one of the iconic and photographed places in Reno.
The courthouse was completed in 1912 and is still in use today. It was designed by noted Nevada architect Frederick J. DeLongchamps, who also designed the downtown post office and other Nevada courthouses. This interesting building is in the neo-classical style and has several ornate features. Terrazzo tiled floors pave the way along the marble halls. Many famous people received their wedding licenses and divorce decrees in this old courthouse. More marriage licenses have been issued here than any other courthouse of its size in the United States. A scene from The Misfits was filmed in front of the courthouse. Yes, Marilyn Monroe sashayed down these very steps in the 1961 movie.