1. Mark Twain worked as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City for several years before beginning to write his books.
2. Interesting Fact: Reno is the main launching pad for Burners, or people on their way to and from Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert.
3. There are over 20 casinos in Reno and slot machines are available at the airport, convenience and grocery stores.
4. Nevada takes its name from a Spanish word meaning snow-clad. The correct way to say Nevada is Ne-va-duh ("a" as in cat).
5. Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.
6. Random Fact: Nevada's Highway 50, known as the Loneliest Highway in America, received its name from "Life" magazine in 1986.
7. Famous residents of Reno include Judge Mills Lane, Sharon Stone, Dawn Wells of Gilligan's Island, Kristi Yamaguchi and Toni Tenille.
8. Weird Fact: Reno experiences thousands of earthquakes a year, most of them too weak for people to notice.
9. Fun Fact: The show Reno 911! takes place at the Reno Sheriff's Department (which does not exist) but is filmed in LA.
10. Nevada is called the Sagebrush State, Silver State and the Battle-Born State.
11. Interesting Fact: There are several legal brothels within a few miles of Reno, but prostitution within the city limits is illegal.
12. Marilyn Monroe's and Clark Gable's last completed film, the Misfits, was filmed in Reno.