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Sparks Correspondence – November 2019

This is my favorite time of the year, when the temperatures start cooling off, but the sun is still shining (except for the one or two random storms that may come through), and many...

Sparks Correspondence – September 2019

Victorian Square still proves to be a great gathering place for locals and visitors alike, with plenty of all-ages events and festivals surround good food, brews, and fun. If you’re not on the playa...

Sparks Correspondence – August 2019

Now that we’re going into the dog days of summer, Sparks is all about enjoying live music, beer, and ribs! The new outdoor Nugget Event Center in Victorian Square has been bringing in some...

Sparks Correspondence – July 2019

Star Spangled Sparks Star Spangled Sparks is coming out in full force to kick off Independence Day, and there will be a lot going on in Victorian Square -- everything from food trucks, arts and...

Sparks Correspondence – June 2019

We’re finally welcoming summer with open arms here in Sparks with events that celebrate sunshine, Northern Nevada agriculture, and new entertainment venues. June kicks off with a Toby Keith concert in the recently developed arena...

Sparks Correspondence – May 2019

The weather is finally starting to warm up in Sparks, as we go from bone-dry cold to sweltering heat. However, it’s certainly a nice change from the crazy winter we just had. So, if...

Sparks Correspondence – April 2019

After a crazy winter of snow, rain, and everything in between, the sun is finally starting to come out in Sparks, and with it the birds, flowers, green grass, and fun events! At the...

Sparks Correspondence – March 2019

This past month has been a crazy one, with winds, rain, and snow, but it hasn’t stopped world-class entertainment and events coming to Sparks. This March enjoy a classic cover band at either the...

Sparks Correspondence – February 2019

February is all about the Big Game, brain boosting, beer, and making beautiful cards in Sparks this month, as we celebrate Super Bowl LIII, Valentine’s Day trivia nights, punk rock flea markets, and creative...

Sparks Correspondence – December 2018

This December is kicking off in a big way, with many opportunities to get together and celebrate the season of giving. Hopefully you have an ugly sweater in your closet to participate in the...

Sparks Correspondence – November 2018

November is a big month for Sparks as its beloved 13-year mayor Geno Martini retires and Mayor Pro Tempore Ron Smith takes over. Born and raised in Sparks, Martini was appointed to the City...

Sparks Correspondence – October 2015

We’ve been fortunate to experience an Indian summer here in Sparks, but before the weather turns on us too badly we’re going to try to squeeze our last outside events in. Between jambalaya and...

Sparks Correspondence – September 2018

Aug. 29-Sep. 8 - Nugget Best in the West Rib Cook-Off Sparks rolls into September with the annual Best in the West Rib Cook-Off, otherwise known as the “Super Bowl of Ribs.” Thousands of people...

Sparks Correspondence – August 2018

This summer is all about Hot August Nights (and Days) in Sparks The 32nd annual classic car event kicks off in Reno/Sparks this Friday, Aug. 3, in Virginia City, and then original and restored vehicles will...

Sparks Correspondence – June 2018

I had the pleasure of meeting fellow NevadaGram contributors David Toll and Dana Nollsch in Sparks a couple of weeks ago to celebrate the restoration of Last Chance Joe! Thanks to Crown Painting, Joe’s...

Sparks Correspondence – March 2018

Along with the spirit of the Irish coming in on March 17, there are plenty of other opportunities to spend time with friends and family and usher in springtime. If you want a blast from...

Sparks Correspondence – February 2018

We are finally seeing a change in the weather, but only Punxsutawney Phil (the infamous Pennsylvanian groundhog) knows when spring will come. If you want to party with Phil’s friends on February 2, head...

Sparks Correspondence – January 2018

We made it through another year and Sparks just seems to be getting better and better. The new Pyramid & McCarran intersection opened up making it easier to get around, new schools are being...

Sparks Correspondence – December 2017

Now that we are in the throes of winter, there are plenty of reasons to bundle up (maybe in your 80’s ugly sweater?), start shopping local craft fairs, and mingle with others who are...

Sparks Correspondence – November 2017

For those that aren’t quite over Halloween, consider visiting the new Key and Code Escape Rooms at The Outlets at Legends. What is an escape room, you ask? If you’ve ever watched or played...

Sparks Correspondence – October 2017

After coming off yet another successful Best in the West Rib Cook-off, Sparks is embracing the beginning of fall with fun outdoor events, including Riding on the River family bike riding event on October...
Paleontologists digging for ichthyosaurs in the Augusta Mountains, Pershing County Nevada

NevadaGram #190 – Ichthyosaur Digs, Rural RoundUp in Elko, Nevada Calendar

Rural RoundUp 2017 This year's Cow Counties Tourism Pro-Am convened in Elko. Story below. More than 500 fans of a Reno-brewed IPA, and of its namesake — a giant prehistoric ocean-dwelling reptile — attended a fundraiser at...

Sparks: A Town of Two Times

by Wendell Huffman   Sparks was created in the early 20th century as part of the Union Pacific Railroad’s modernization of the Central Pacific line across Nevada. The old division point at Wadsworth, where trains were...
Death Valley Railroad motor car No 5 02

Railroad Motor Cars of Nevada – Part III

By Stephen E. Drew, Chief Curator (retired) California State Railroad Museum   Nevada Motor Cars Part I Nevada Motor Cars Part II The self-propelled passenger car, or motor car, was the savior of early 20th-Century railroad branches and...

Nevada Correspondence – August 2015

Each month our intrepid correspondents file dispatches from around the state. In this edition: Gardnerville, Gerlach, Las Vegas, Lincoln County, Mesquite, Railfanning, Sparks, Tuscarora, West Wendover   Gardnerville Meet Carolyn, the afternoon bartender at the "New"  Overland Restaurant...
Last Chance Joe's Last Chance

Sparks Correspondence – August 2015

Sparks Last Chance Joe’s Last Chance is Now The Sparks Heritage Museum, dba Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, working with Sparks Councilwoman Julia Ratti, was recently able to save from destruction the iconic figure of Last...
Pyramid Lake, Tufa

NevadaGram #56 – Pyramid Lake, Amargosa Valley

What They're saying About Us Arthur Frommer gets married in Las Vegas. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. You can buy your book orders online for Personal copies and gifts or for Resale. Is there any more beautiful...
Peace and quiet reigns in Denio.

Trip Report #21 – Denio, Carson Valley and Carson City, Death Valley, Sparks, Las...

I made a little trip out I-80 and took the opportunity to visit Denio, the little remnant of a town on the Oregon border via US 95 and Nevada Routes 140 and 292. It's...
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