Sparks, Nevada is a city directly east of Reno in Washoe County. Sparks has a population of about 105,000 and is the fifth-largest city in the state.
The Outlets at Legends and Sparks Galleria Shopping Center are two of the largest commercial sites in Sparks. Most of the commercial activity in Sparks is near the interstate highway.
The Wildcreek and Red Hawk Golf Clubs are both in Sparks. The city is also within driving distance of multiple courses in the Reno city limits.
The Great Basin Brewing Company operates in Sparks as the largest independent brewery in the state. The brewery produces an assortment of beer, including the Ichthyosaur IPA and Outlaw Milk Stout.
The Washoe County School District operates the public schools in the city. The Edward C. Reed and Sparks High Schools are the two largest schools in Sparks. The Excel Christian School also works in Sparks as a private school.
Sparks, Nevada, was first settled in the mid-nineteenth century on land that was once occupied by the Washoe tribe. The city was formed in 1904 after the Southern Pacific Railroad established a switchyard in the region. The city takes its name from John Sparks, a former governor of Nevada. The region grew in the mid-twentieth century through ongoing growth in nearby Reno. The Nugget Casino Resort opened in the city in 1955. The casino remains the largest in the city.
Reno is directly north of the Truckee River. The river makes up the city’s southern border. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway or Interstate 80 is on the southern end of the city and leads to Reno, Truckee, and Sacramento to the west or Salt Lake City to the east.
Sparks is home to multiple casinos, including the Baldini’s, Sierra Sid’s, Nugget, Rail City, and Western Village casinos. Many of the casinos are close to the Reno city limits.
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