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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Reno, Nevada, United States.

19th century

1864- University of Nevada founded

  • 1868
    • Reno founded; named after Union Army officer Jesse Lee Reno.
    • Reno Crescent newspaper begins publication.
  • 1870 - Population: 1,035.
  • 1871 - Washoe County seat relocated to Reno from Washoe City.
  • 1872 - Virginia and Truckee Railroad in operation.
  • 1873
    • Fire.
    • Court House built.
  • 1874 - Nevada State Journal newspaper begins publication.
  • 1877 - Bridge rebuilt.
  • 1879 - Town incorporated.
  • 1882 - Nevada and Oregon Railroad begins operating.
  • 1885 - Riverside Hotel in business.
  • 1886 - Nevada State University relocated to Reno from Elko.
  • 1894 - 20th Century Club for women organized.

20th century

1900s-1940s

  • 1900 - Population: 4,500.
  • 1901 - Reno attains city status.
  • 1904
    • Nevada Historical Society established.
    • Carnegie Free Public Library opens.
  • 1905 - Virginia Street Bridge rebuilt.
  • 1907
    • Reno Commercial Club incorporated.
    • City Hall rebuilt.
    • Richard Kirman, Sr. becomes mayor.
    • University of Nevada's Mackay School of Mines established.
  • 1910
    • July 4: Jeffries-Johnson boxing match held.
    • Washoe County Courthouse and Bethel AME Church built.
    • Population: 10,867.
  • 1911 - YMCA building dedicated.
  • 1913 - Divorce residence requirement: one year.
  • 1922 - Nevada Public Economy League headquartered in Reno.
  • 1923 - Edwin E. Roberts becomes mayor.
  • 1925 - Empire Theatre opens.
  • 1926 - Southern Pacific Railroad depot and Reno Arch built.
  • 1927
    • Transcontinental Highway Exposition held; California Building constructed.
    • Divorce residence requirement: three months.
  • 1928 - State Theatre opens.
  • 1929 - Hubbard Field (airfield) and Odd Fellows Building constructed.
  • 1930 - Population: 18,529.
  • 1931
    • Gambling legalized.
    • Divorce residence requirement: six weeks.
    • Nevada Art Gallery founded.
    • Washoe County Library building opens.
    • El Cortez Hotel in business.
    • Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno established.
  • 1933 - Reno Main Post Office built.
  • 1935 - Reno Little Theater founded.
  • 1936
    • Southside School Annex built.
    • Harold's Club founded.
  • 1937 - Harrah's Entertainment (bingo parlor) in business.
  • 1939 - First Church of Christ, Scientist built.
  • 1942 - Reno Army Air Base in operation.

1950s-1990s

  • 1953 - KZTV television and KNEV radio begin broadcasting.
  • 1957 - February 5: Gas explosion.
  • 1959 - Desert Research Institute established.
  • 1960
    • Airport terminal built.
    • Population: 51,470.
  • 1962 - Club Cal Neva casino in business.
  • 1964 - Reno Air Races begin.
  • 1966 - Downtown Library opens.
  • 1967 - Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts built.
  • 1969 - Reno Philharmonic Orchestra formed.
  • 1970 - Population: 72,863.
  • 1971 - Peppermill Reno in business.
  • 1972 - Atlantis Casino Resort in business.
  • 1973 - Eldorado Reno in business.
  • 1974 - Reno Chamber Orchestra established.
  • 1976 - Fitzgeralds Casino in business.
  • 1977 - National Reno Gay Rodeo active.
  • 1978 - Meadowood Mall, Circus Circus Casino, and MGM Grand Reno casino in business.
  • 1980 - Population: 100,756.
  • 1981 - Nevada School of Law at Old College founded.
  • 1982
    • Balloon Race begins.
    • Reno Pops Orchestra formed.
  • 1983
    • Reno Gazette-Journal newspaper in publication.
    • KNPB television and KRNV-FM radio begin broadcasting.
  • 1984 - University of Nevada's School of Journalism established.
  • 1985
    • January 21: Airplane crash.
    • University of Nevada, Reno Arboretum established.
  • 1989 - Sierra Safari Zoo opens.
  • 1990 - Population: 133,850.
  • 1992
    • Nevada Humanities Chautauqua established.
    • Reno Air begins operating.
  • 1995
    • National Bowling Stadium opens.
    • Silver Legacy Reno in business.
  • 1997 - Great Basin Bird Observatory founded.
  • 1999
    • Reno–Tahoe Open golf tournament begins.
    • Artown nonprofit active.

21st century

  • 2000
  • 2002 - Bob Cashell becomes mayor.
  • 2003 - Fictional Reno 911! television series begins national broadcast.
  • 2004
    • Sierra Foundation established.
    • Reno River Fest begins.
  • 2005 - Great Basin Community Food Co-op founded.
  • 2006
    • March 14: Pine Middle School shooting.
    • Battle Born Derby Demons (rollerderby league) established.
  • 2008 - April: 2008 Reno earthquakes.
  • 2010
    • Stewie deemed world's longest domestic cat.
    • Population: 225,221; metro 425,417.
  • 2011 - September 16: Reno Air Races crash.
  • 2014 - Hillary Schieve becomes mayor.

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