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Reno's namesake honored by historians
by Associated Press
Sep 15, 2012 | 1590 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO (AP) — The namesake of northern Nevada's largest city was honored by historians Friday.

About three dozen people gathered at Powning Park in downtown Reno to pay tribute to Major General Jesse Lee Reno, who died 150 years ago.

Keynote speaker Bill Isaeff (eye-zay-uf) of the Historic Reno Preservation Society says Reno was killed while leading his troops in battle during the Civil War in 1862, and the Nevada town was named for him after the Central Pacific Railroad came through in 1868.

Former Nevada state Archivist Guy Rocha says other cities and counties across the country were named after Reno before that, but the Nevada city is the largest of them and the only one known worldwide.

Powning Park is the site of a life-sized statue of the Civil War hero.
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