%> Nevada Riches: The Land and People of the Silver State
People & Life Ways
Riches, Ranching & Railroads
(1850-1900)

University Established

The Nevada legislature first established a university in the state in 1873.  It began as a preparatory school in Elko.  Tuition was free, and students would be prepared for admission "into the Freshman Class in colleges".

The university was transferred to Reno in 1885, and Morrill Hall was built.  Supporting a university in Nevada was sometimes was difficult.  The boom and bust of mining made the economy uncertain, and people moved around from town to town.  There were only seven high schools in Nevada in 1886, and students didn't usually plan to attend college.  The university continued as a preparatory school for many years, and offered a university high school until 1908.

Photo Credits:
1: Nevada State Museum
2: Nevada Historical Society