In 1902 there was nothing but swampland and ranches east of Reno. That all changed when the Southern Pacific Railway Company became the owner of the rail line across Northern Nevada. Southern Pacific offered its employees in Wadsworth a free plot of land if they moved to the new roundhouse closer to Reno. A few years later (1908) the governor of Nevada, "Honest John Sparks," would lend his name to the budding city.
With a population just shy of 100,000, Sparks offers a quaint, family-oriented alternative to larger cities. That's not to say that Sparks is small! It has been the center of economic rebirth in Northern Nevada.
Tucked away in the Truckee Meadows, it's hard to see where Reno ends and Sparks begins. That just adds to its attractiveness, allowing residents to easily cross into Reno for expanded variety of dining, shopping, employment and so much more!
From warm days spent paddle-boarding at the marina, taking in a show at Northern Nevada's only IMAX theater, gaming at the Nugget or traveling the short drive to Lake Tahoe, Sparks has it all!