Date: 10-10-14
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Washoe County Library-Sparks Branch. 1125 12th Street. Sparks, NV. (Washoe)
Description: Reno and Sparks owe their existence to the railroads.  Both cities have been drifting away from their roots.  For many years, the only thing that was keeping Reno alive was the Central Pacific Railroad’s depot.  The completion of the V&T to Reno improved communication and commerce from the south. Then came the Nevada-California-Oregon railroad which opened up markets north to as far as the Oregon border.  Sparks came into existence only because the Southern Pacific decided to move the maintenance yards from Wadsworth to the swampy area east of Reno.  Slides shown include many locomotives, depots and maps to help illustrate the story.  Dick Dreiling has been a resident of the Truckee Meadows since 1947 and graduated Reno High School in 1956. Dick Dreiling has been a U.S. postage stamp collector since about 1948, and has been a member of the Nevada Stamp Study Society since 1975. Dick Dreiling has been a volunteer of the Sparks Heritage Museum since 1999, became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2000, and served as President of the Board numerous times.  Dick Dreiling has three grown children, five grown grandchildren and two not-grown great-grandsons. For more information please visit or call 775-352-3200.

Phone Number: 775-352-3200