5 Things you probably don’t know about Reno
Reno is known as the Biggest Little City in the World or that is at least what the famous Reno Arch says.
Here are 5 things we are betting you probably didn’t know about Reno
1. Blue Jeans were invented in Reno
That’s right our favorite jeans were invented in Reno. There is even a festival called the Blue Jeans Jam to celebrate this momentous event! Celebrating the invention of one of the world’s most iconic products- riveted denim “blue jeans”- by Reno tailor Jacob Davis in the early 1870s. Jacob Davis reached out to his fabric supplier- Levi Strauss & Company of San Francisco- to see if they might be interested in helping pay the $68.00 required to fund the patent application process. On August 9, 1872, “Jacob W. Davis, assignor to himself, and Levi Strauss & Company” submitted the patent application, written and signed by Jacob Davis, who was credited as “Inventor” on the accompanying illustration. On May 20, 1873, the United States Patent Office granted Davis and Levi Strauss & Co. Patent No. 139,121, and a multi-billion dollar fashion industry juggernaut was born that continues to this day, in the United States (where the average American owns a staggering seven pairs of blue jeans!) and virtually everywhere else around the globe.
2. The largest sporting goods store is in Reno – Scheels
The 295,000 square foot SCHEELS retail shopping experience showcases the world’s largest selection of sports, sportswear, and footwear under one roof. There is even a Ferris wheel in the middle of the store!
Special attractions include eight life-like bronze sculptures; two 16,000 gallon aquariums full of brilliantly colored fish; a 35 foot tall, 800 square foot Wildlife Mountain; a 65-foot, 16-car operating Ferris Wheel; a Home Décor and Gift Lodge; a nostalgic shooting gallery, Roller Ball, a Buck Hunter simulator, and a 5 sport simulator with sports including basketball, soccer, baseball and football, where customers can test their skills.
Photo courtesy of Reno CVB
3. The Bowling Hall of Fame is in downtown Reno
The Bowling Hall of Fame is used for bowling tournaments and events. You can’t miss the giant glowing bowling ball on the building when you are driving through town.
4. A section of the Pacific Coast Trail can be accessed right outside the city
5. Reno Great Balloon Race is the biggest free hot air balloon festival in the country
How many of these did you know about Reno?
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