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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard Frank Moreno Jr.  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1955 in Sacramento, California

-- Richard Frank Moreno Jr. on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

I've only lived in Illinois since 2006, but am the author of 11 books, two of which are non-fiction titles devoted to Illinois (Illinois Curiosities and It Happened in Illinois, both published by Globe-Pequot Publishing). I'm working on a third Illinois book for the same publisher, Myths and Mysteries of Illinois. My other books include: A Short History of Carson City, Nevada; Nevada Curiosities, Roadside History of Nevada; and Mysteries and Legends of Nevada. Since 2006, I have served as Director of Student Publications and as a journalism instructor at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Moreno is Director of Student Publications and an instructor in the English and Journalism Department at Western Illinois University. He was publisher of Nevada Magazine for more than 14 years and is the author of 11 books including: Illinois Curiosities; It Happened in Illinois; Endless Nevada; The Roadside History of Nevada; The Nevada Trivia Book; Nevada Curiosities; and Legends and Mysteries of Nevada.Moreno is a former journalism instructor at the Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno, and former Director of Advertising and Public Relations for the Nevada Commission on Tourism, where he created the successful “Highway 50: The Loneliest Road in America” promotion.In 2007, Moreno was awarded the Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame’s Silver Pen Award, which recognizes mid-career writers who have shown substantial achievement in their work. He resides in Macomb, Illinois, with his wife and daughter.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

It Happened in Illinois: Remarkable Events That Shaped History (It Happened In Series)
ISBN: 0762761288

Globe Pequot. 2011

This book offers an inside look at over 25 interesting and unusual episodes that shaped the history of the Hoosier State. From the 1908 race riots in Springfield to Ron Blagojevich's impeachment in 2009, this book will cover a wide range of Illinois history.

Illinois Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff (Curiosities Series)
ISBN: 0762758619

Globe Pequot Press. 2011

Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Prairie State has to offer!

A Short History of Carson City
ISBN: 0874178363

University of Nevada Press. 2011

Nevada s capital city is today a charming, modern community, with an unusually eventful past. A Short History of Carson City traces its history from its origin as a mid-nineteenth-century trading post to its rise as the political center of Nevada. Here are the hard-working citizens and colorful characters, the political and business decisions, and the evolving economy that helped shape it. This is the first comprehensive historical account of a thoroughly modern state capital with its roots deep in Nevada s turbulent past.

Mysteries and Legends of Nevada: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained (Myths and Mysteries Series)
ISBN: 0762754125

Globe Pequot Press. 2010

From the mystery of a United States Senator's death (was he kept on ice until after the election?) to a haunting of the Governor's mansion, this selection of fourteen stories from Nevada's past explores some of the Silver State's most compelling mysteries and debunks some of its most famous myths.

Nevada Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff (Curiosities Series)
ISBN: 0762746823

Globe Pequot Press. 2008

The definitive collection of Nevada's odd, wacky, and most offbeat people, places, and things, for Nevada residents and anyone else who enjoys local humor and trivia with a twist.

Roadside History of Nevada (Roadside History Series)
ISBN: 0878424105

Mountain Press. 2000

There's more to Nevada than one-armed bandits, cheap buffets and Elvis impersonators and this book proves it. Roadside History of Nevada leads readers across the not-so-lifeless desert, visiting long-forgotten boom-and-bust mining towns, quirky roadside stops, and the intrigues of the real Las Vegas. With a historian's nose for detail and a traveler's sense of fun, Richard Moreno presents a myriad of memorable tales of Nevada's places and people. Illuminating the text are 140 photographs, plus a detailed map for each section. From Paiutes to pioneers and from dams to divorce seekers, Roadside History of Nevada reveals the Silver State's history in all its luster.

Nevada Trivia
ISBN: 1889786217

Gem Guides Book Co. 2005

Nevada Trivia answers the Who? What? Where? and When? of Nevada in an informal Q&A format, taking the reader on a fun frolic through Nevada's colorful history. You'll learn fascinating facts about The Silver State and the people, places and events that helped shape Nevada into one of the most interesting and controversial of the 50 states. Fun to read with friends, it's also a delightful travel companion. Nevada Trivia is lots of things....but it's never boring.

Endless Nevada: A Photo Essay (Cerca Book)
ISBN: 193217303X

Stephens Press LLC. 2010

Nevada has long been a place of endless mystery, irony and flat-out wonderment for those who have taken time to experience it. It's easily the most eccentric, interesting, and misunderstood state in the union. Moreno and Prosor have probed every hidden region of Nevada to find and chronicle the lives and visages of Nevadas gone and Nevadas present. They find beauty not in a desolate landscape but in hues so subtle that they are often overlooked. They find man's presence in ways that reveal how temporal it is. They unfold the story of Nevada with color, depth, and literary precision.

Backyard Travels in Northern Nevada
ISBN: 0963120522

Childrens Museum of Northern Nevada Inc. 2001

Guide for outdoor adventures in northern Nevada.

The Backyard Traveler Returns: 62 Outings in Southern, Eastern and Historical Nevada
ISBN: 0963120514

Childrens Museum of Northern. 1993

Trade PB


  • Silver Pen, Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, ''For body of work''

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