General Park Information:
Thomas Creek Park is a 6-acre park without a restroom.
Playground, tennis court, basketball court, volleyball court, picnic area, walking paths, benches, and beautiful views of the Truckee Meadows and the Carson Range.
Here is a link to Thomas Creek Park on Washoe County’s website.
View the slideshow to see some of Thomas Creek Park's amenities!
Thomas Creek History
Going back hundreds of years before the development of this area, Washoe and Paiute tribes would travel from the Truckee Meadows to Lake Tahoe along the area of Thomas Creek. During the early days after settlers arrived for the Comstock Lode, Thomas’ canyons provided timber for use in the mines, both as square-set timbering to keep the mines from collapsing, and for use as firewood to power the steam engines. Trees were more prevalent on the south side of the canyon than the north side. The mills that cut the timber where built in 1862 by John M. Thomas (whom the canyon and creek are named after) and Mr. Welch. The mills were bought by T.K. Hymers in 1868 and closed around 1869. During that time, Frank Bricker owned another mill a couple miles above Thomas’ mill in the canyon.
19th Century Sawmill from the Cascade Mountains
Submission Box for Personal Stories/Photos:
Do you have personal photographs or stories about this park and are willing share your memories with your community? Then click here (for gmail account users) or here (if no gmail account) to upload your photos and stories. If you have a photo 10 years or older of this park, they could potentially be used in an exhibit in our traveling Parks Rephotography Project photo collection! How exciting to have your memories on display! Click here to learn more.
Typical flora and fauna:
The following are a few of our favorite highlights.
See the community submission section below to view additional wildlife sightings found at this park, and submit you own favorite naturalist sightings on iNaturalist here!
Community Stories and Photos:
Thomas Creek Park History Researcher
Jill is the History Researcher for this park. She has dedicated time to research and document the history of the Thomas Creek Park and region. Thank you Jill for your commitment to our parks and historic preservation!
General Park Resources:
Reno Gazette Journal Article: “Accident” June 16, 1876.
Reno Gazette Journal Article: “Thomas’ Canyon: A Ride Through the Oldest Part of Nevada.” July 22, 1879. (pg. 3).
Reno Gazette Journal Article: November 23, 1977.
Reno Gazette Journal Article: “Advertisement” October 6, 1978.
Reno Gazette Journal Article: June 4, 1987.
Reno Gazette Journal Article: “Notice to Contractors.” January 24, 1991. (pg. 22).
Nevada State Journal Article: “Abraham Banta, Respondent, vs L.C. Savage, Appellant.” June 29, 1877 (pg. 3).
Nevada State Journal Article: “One Hundred Dollars Reward.” Dalton, P. November 3, 1893. (p. 2).
NextDoor App. Local History. “Mt Ranch area of Reno, Nevada.” Thomasson, B. November 3, 2018.
Interview of Brown, A. Park Ranger II. September 25, 2018. (J. Richardson, Interviewer).