Sparks

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Sparks, Nevada, planned by Southern Pacific Railway Company, where there was nothing but swampland and ranches four miles east of Reno in 1902. Southern Pacific as the new owner of the rail line across northern Nevada, moved the railroad maintenance crew from Wadsworth, site of old owner Central Pacific's maintenance crew, to the a new site where Sparks is presently situated.

"Southern Pacific made a startling offer to its Wadsworth employees; A tract of land would be laid out next to the roundhouse, and the railroad would give everyone clear deed to a lot 50' X 140' in size, and to add to the miracle, the railroad offered to pack up every house in Wadsworth and ship it to the new town, free of charge. Sometime during the summer of 1903 a drawing was held- the employees names in one hat, lot numbers in another- and everyone got what they got. Sixty-seven lots changed title that day, at a price of $1 per lot." (City of Sparks)

Sparks celebrated its 100th birthday on March 15, 2005.

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  • Mayor Geno Martini (City of Sparks)
  • City Manager Shaun Carey (City of Sparks)
  • Ward 1 Councilmember John Mayer (City of Sparks)
  • Ward 2 Councilmember Phil Salerno (City of Sparks)
  • Ward 3 Councilmember Judy Moss (City of Sparks)
  • Ward 4 Councilmember Mike Carrigan (City of Sparks)
  • Ward 5 Councilmember Ron Schmitt (City of Sparks)
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