Relocating to Sparks, NV

The Washoe people inhabited Sparks in the early historical period . Euro-American settlement of the area began in the early 1850s . Early settlers often sold cattle to California-bound emigrants . The emigrants’ cattle were commonly sick and weak from the long and arduous journey along the California Trail, and they needed fresh animals to take them over the Sierra Nevada. As part of the deal, the settlers would receive the emigrants’ cattle, and then fatten them up to sell to the next year’s batch of emigrants.

The population density in the area remained very low until 1904 when the Southern Pacific Railroad built a switch yard and maintenance sheds there. The city that sprung up around them was first called Harriman after Edward Harriman who was then president of the railroad. The city was quickly renamed Sparks after John Sparks, who was the Governor of Nevada at that time. This gesture was an unsuccessful attempt to forestall safety and tariff regulation of the railroads by the state.

Sparks remained a small and sleepy town until the 1950s , when economic growth in Reno triggered a housing boom in the area of Sparks north of the railroad. In the 1970s the area south of the railroad started to fill up withlight industry and warehouses . In 1984 the tower for John Ascuaga’s Nugget was completed , giving Sparks its first, and to this date only, high-rise casino. In 1996, the redevelopment effort of the old and unsightly B Street business district across from the Nugget that started in the early 1980s took a step forward with the opening of a multi-screen movie complex and the construction of a plaza area. This area, now known as Victorian Square, is a pedestrian-friendly district that hosts many open-air events.

Under direction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a comprehensive dynamic water quality computer model, the DSSAM Model was developed (Earth Metrics, 1987) to analyze impacts of a variety of land use and stormwater management decisions throughout the 3,120 square miles (8,100 km2) Truckee River Basin; this model was used to develop a set of surface runoff stormwater management measures for Sparks in the 1980s.

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