Scott Carey presents “The Bank of Sparks” at 2 p.m. on November 4th. This presentation is part of the First Saturday lecture series, where the Sparks Museum presents free programming 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month.
The Bank of Sparks was located at 948 Victorian Avenue and played a very important role in the development and history of Sparks. The Bank of Sparks was the city’s first bank established in 1904 and served the community at the location until 1950. The building that housed the bank is one of the oldest buildings in Sparks and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The presentation will provide an overview of the fascinating history of Bank of Sparks including; its founding, its ownership under George Wingfield, the Great Depression, its importance during World War II and a notorious bank robbery.
Scott Carey grew up in Sparks, attended local schools and is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. While taking a historic preservation course, Scott developed the “A Walk Through Sparks’ Historic Business District.” Over the past decade he has been leading guided tours through Sparks’ historic downtown and providing historical presentations about the critical role this area played in the development of Sparks and the State of Nevada. In 2003, he was appointed by former Sparks Mayor Tony Armstrong to serve on the Sparks Centennial Commission. During Sparks’ Centennial Celebration in 2005, Scott helped develop the “Sparks Then & Now” historical presentation shown in local schools and assisted with the writing of the City’s first ever history book, “History of Sparks: Centennial Edition.” Scott is a lifetime member of the Sparks Heritage Museum and since 2009 has served as a member of the museum’s Board of Trustees.