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Sparks, Nevada, USA - Round house and Shops, Sparks, Nev.

Bertha was a performing elephant that entertained for 37 years at John Ascuaga's Nugget casino located in Sparks. She was 48 years old when she died.

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Round house and Shops, Sparks, Nev.
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Sparks was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905.
At the turn of the nineteenth century, after the Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) realigned their tracks, the new alignment was too far away from their division point in Wadsworth, NV (30 miles east of here)...

A tract of land west of the roundhouse at the north side of the railroad land was reserved for employees willing to move from Wadsworth to the new town...

Moving day from Wadsworth was July 1, 1904. On that day, houses were dismantled and placed on flat cars for transport, trees were dug up and prepared for shipment, wagons loaded and the migration began.
The town was variously called East Reno, Glendale, and Harriman. The towns folk finally named the new city ‘Sparks’ in honor of then sitting Nevada Governor John Sparks...
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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Sparks:
Victorian Square: This is the heart of downtown Sparks and the epicenter of many events and activities. You can enjoy live music, visit unique shops, and dine at a variety of restaurants and cafes. Don't miss the famous Nugget Casino Resort, which often hosts great entertainment and events.

Sparks Marina Park: It's a beautiful 77-acre lake with a two-mile path for walking or jogging. You can also rent paddleboards, kayaks, or pedal boats and enjoy some time on the water. There are also picnic areas and a playground for kids.

Railroad Park: This is a fun place for families, especially if you have little train enthusiasts. There's a great playground with a train theme and a small train ride that takes kids on a short journey around the park.

Outlets at Legends: If you're into shopping, this is the place to be. It's an open-air shopping and entertainment center with numerous brand-name stores, restaurants, and even a movie theater.

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Sparks, Nevada, USA

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