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Washoe County celebrates 150 years today



On March 2, 1861, Nevada became a territory of the Unites States. On Nov. 25 of that year, the new territorial legislature created the original nine Nevada counties, including Washoe County, and the first Washoe County Board of County Commissioners meeting was held on Dec. 10, 1861. The meeting was held in Washoe City, the first county seat.

Washoe County will celebrate 150 years of public service from 3 to 5 p.m. this afternoon, Thursday, Dec. 8, in the foyer outside the current County Commission Chambers on 9th and Wells in Reno.

What: Washoe County Celebrates 150 Years of Public Service

When: 3 – 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8

Where: In the foyer outside the Commission Chambers of the County Administration Building, Ninth Street and Wells Avenue, Reno

The commemorative event includes displays of historical materials and memorabilia from throughout the 150 years of some of the county’s first Offices, including the county clerk, assessor, treasurer, recorder, district attorney and sheriff.

Activities include a proclamation from Gov. Brian Sandoval (presented by Chief of Staff Heidi Gansert), a display of historical public works equipment and an opportunity to meet and mingle with county dignitaries past and present.

Members of the Sparks Heritage Museum will portray period characters in costume, and former Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs Director Dr. Michael Fisher will portray Gov. John Sparks.

Refreshments include a special anniversary cake sponsored by the Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

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