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Sparks Heritage Museum & Cultural Center

In 1900, the Central Pacific Railroad decided to move the tracks out of Wadsworth, Nevada, and run them closer to the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The land for the new terminal and the rail yards is where Sparks is located today. It took four years to fill the swamp created by the Truckee River. By 1904, the job was completed and Sparks became the busiest terminal between Utah and California. You can see artifacts and learn the history of Sparks at the museum located three blocks from John Ascuaga's Nugget.

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

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 among other things. Exhibits deal with nature, wildlife, environmentalism and renewable energy as they pertain to the region. The permanent exhibitions at Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum include Inside Out : an Anatomy Experience, Spark! Lab Smithsonian, Da Vinci's Corner, Nevada Stories and Little Discoveries among others.

Wilbur D. May Museum

Having traveled around the world more than 40 times, Wilbur May amassed an astounding collection of artifacts. He was a philanthropist and left a marvelous legacy for generations to enjoy. His collection includes T'ang Dynasty pottery, primitive African treasures and Egyptian artifacts and a genuine shrunken head. The trophy room displays big game from around the world; the tack room is loaded with western memorabilia. The arboretum contains hundreds of plants native to the high desert.

Good Luck Macbeth

Since its inception, Good Luck Macbeth has been known to dish out some of the most iconic and awe-inspiring stage performances. A place where some of the most innovative and original productions come to life, this is where you are assured of a thought provoking, yet enjoyable experience. Featuring a mixed bag of in-house productions, there is plenty to be enjoyed here, from regular plays and musicals to the occasional movie nights.

Truckee River Walk

This river flows from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake nourishing farmland along its journey. Starting at Wingfield Park, you can walk for miles in either direction. Going east toward downtown Reno, you will pass the place where thousands of divorcees have thrown their wedding rings into the flowing waters. Birds of all kinds including Canadian geese, hawks and kingfishers can be seen foraging for food. Anglers can also enjoy the superb fishing the river offers.

Nevada Historical Society Museum

Learn more about the great State of Nevada at this neat place. You can see early gambling devices, slot machines, cards, and casino chips and learn about Dat-So-La-Lee and her million dollar baskets. Get a feel for how the Native Americans lived and survived this unforgiving land long before the European settlers arrived. Learn how silver played such an important part in Nevada's bid for statehood. The museum offers a full research desk and library to help you with all your research needs. The changing gallery offers different displays by Nevada artists and photographers. At the gift shop you can buy books and Nevada-made products that range from bookmarks to handcrafted jewelry.

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