This completely revised and updated edition of A Short History of Reno provides an entertaining and informative account of Reno’s remarkably colorful history. Richard Moreno discusses Reno’s efforts, from its early beginnings in the 1850s to the present day, to reinvent itself as a recreation, entertainment, education, and technology hub. Moreno looks at the gamblers, casino builders, and performers who helped create the world-famous gaming industry, and he considers the celebrities who came to end unhappy marriages back when Reno was “the divorce capital of the world.”
Moreno brings the city’s history up-to-date with coverage of the businesspeople and civic leaders who helped make Reno an attraction that still lures millions of visitors each year. Today’s travelers and residents explore Reno’s flamboyant heart and scenic wonders, topics the author examines in an accessible and lively fashion.
Richard Moreno is director of student publications and an adjunct professor in the Broadcasting and Journalism Department at Western Illinois State University. He is the former publisher of Nevada Magazine and the author of twelve books, including A Short History of Carson City. He was awarded the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award in 2007.
“Richard Moreno knows Reno is the main character in its own adventure story. His A Short History of Reno, Second Edition updates and expands upon Barbara and Myrick Land’s landmark 1995 work. It’s a concise yet lively and richly illustrated tale that traces the Biggest Little City’s evolution from meadow to metropolis.” —Frank Mullen Jr., author of The Donner Party Chronicles: A Day-by-Day Account of a Doomed Wagon Train, 1846–47
“Reno has always been a small town where big things happen, and Richard Moreno expertly packs an incredible amount of history into a small amount of space in telling the big events that shaped the Biggest Little City in the World.” —Guy Clifton, author of You Know You’re a Nevadan If . . .
“Richard Moreno is an outstanding researcher and author. I admire his writing style, and this completely updated and expanded edition of A Short History of Reno will be my first resource when investigating the history of my hometown.” —Patricia Cafferata, author of Christmas in Nevada