In 1868, Reno was a rough railroad town located on the new Central Pacific line. It quickly became the transportation hub for the greatest silver strike in the world, the Comstock Lode in Virginia City. By the early 1900s, Reno was the state's financial and industrial center. The automobile and the new Lincoln and Victory Highways made it a convenient place for a quick divorce. Between 1910 and 1970, it was known as the divorce capital of the world. Gambling thrived in Reno's back rooms from the earliest days and became the state's major economic force after it was legalized in 1931. Known as the "Biggest Little City in the World," Reno was famous as a place where one could do things that one might not do anywhere else.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.