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Carson City (Independent City), Nevada

Carson City Nevada

Carson City Overview

Founded in 1858 and named for our favorite Southwest explorer, Kit Carson, Carson City is an independent city and the state capital of Nevada.

Year Established/Founded

1858

Timeline

  • January 1843 – The first European Americans to arrive in what is now known as Eagle Valley were John C. Frémont and his exploration party
  • 1851 – The Eagle Station ranch along the Carson River was a trading post and stopover for travelers on the California Trail’s Carson Branch, which ran through Eagle Valley.
  • 1858 – City founded – Abraham Curry bought Eagle Station and the settlement was thereafter renamed Carson City. Curry and several other partners had Eagle Valley surveyed for development. Curry decided Carson City would someday serve as the capital city and left a 10-acre plot in the center of town for a capitol building.
  • 1859 – After gold and silver were discovered in nearby Comstock Lode, Carson City’s population began to grow.
  • 1864 – When Nevada became a state during the American Civil War, Carson City was confirmed as Nevada’s permanent capital.
  • 1870-1871 – The current capitol building was constructed.
  • 1870 – 1873 – The United States Mint operated the Carson City Mint, which struck gold and silver coins.
  • Early 1870s – People came from China, many to work on the railroad. Some of them owned businesses and taught school.
  • 1880 – Almost a thousand Chinese people, “one for every five Caucasians”, lived in Carson City.
  • 1890 – US federal building was completed in 1890 as was the Stewart Indian School.

National Register of Historic Places

Carson City is home to over 40 National Register of Historic Places and below is the list with the address.

Note, that some of the places listed below are also on the list for the Nevada Historical Markers list. 

As we document each place, we will add the details.

  1. Adams House – 990 North Minnesota Street
  2. Bank Saloon – 418 South Carson Street
  3. Belknap House – 1206 North Nevada Street
  4. Brougher Mansion – 204 West Spear Street
  5. Carson Brewing Company – 102 South Division Street
  6. Carson City Civic Auditorium – 813 North Carson Street
  7. Carson City Post Office – 401 North Carson Street
  8. Carson City Public Buildings – Carson Street
  9. Cavell House – 402 West Robinson Street
  10. Clemens House – 502 North Division Street
  11. Curry House – 406 North Nevada Street
  12. Dat So La Lee House – 331 West Proctor Street
  13. Glenbrook – 600 North Carson Street
  14. Governor’s Mansion – 606 Mountain Street
  15. Kitzmeyer Furniture Factory – 319 North Carson Street
  16. Lakeview House Highway – 395 Near Hobart Road
  17. Leport-Toupin House – 503 East Telegraph Street
  18. McKeen Motor Car #70 – 2180 South Carson Street
  19. Meder House – 308 North Nevada Street
  20. Nevada State Capitol – 101 North Carson Street
  21. Nevada State Printing Office – Capitol Grounds Near South Stewart and East King Streets
  22. Nye Mansion – 108 North Minnesota Street
  23. Olcovich-Meyers House – 214 West King Street
  24. Ormsby-Rosser House – 304 South Minnesota Street
  25. Raycraft Ranch – North Carson Street Near West College Parkway
  26. Rinckel Mansion – 102 North Curry Street
  27. Sadler House – 310 North Mountain Street
  28. Sanford House – 405 North Roop Street
  29. Sears-Ferris House – 311 West Third Street
  30. Second Railroad Car No. 21 – 2180 South Carson Street
  31. Smaill House – 313 West Ann Street
  32. Spence House – 308 South Thompson Street
  33. St. Charles-Muller’s Hotel – 302, 304, 310 South Carson Street
  34. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church – 312 North Division Street
  35. Stewart Indian School – Snyder and Wa Pai Shone Avenues
  36. United States Mint – 600 North Carson Street
  37. Virginia & Truckee Railroad Shops – Between Plaza, Ann, Stewart, and Sophia Streets
  38. Virginia and Truckee Engines – 18 and 22 Colorado and Carson Streets
  39. Virginia and Truckee Locomotive 27 – 2180 South Carson Street
  40. Virginia and Truckee Railroad Depot – 729 North Carson Street
  41. Wabuska Railroad Station – South Carson Street and Fairview Drive in Ted Slim Gibson Memorial Park

Historical Points of Interest in Carson City

Nevada Historical Markers in Carson City

Carson City is home to 26 Nevada State Historical Markers and the links to each are below for you to research to see if you want to add to your exploration list. Click here to view all the Nevada Historic Markers.

  1. #1 Empire and the Carson River Mills
  2. #25 Nevada’s Capitol
  3. #44 Carson City
  4. #70 Bliss Mansion
  5. #71 Methodist Church of Carson City
  6. #72 Nevada State Children’s Home
  7. #75 Federal Government Building (1888- 1970)
  8. #76 Eagle Valley
  9. #77 Dat-So-La-Lee
  10. #78 Orion Clemens Home
  11. #91 Stewart Indian School
  12. #134 Trans-Sierran Pioneer Flight
  13. #175 Stewart – Nye Residence
  14. #179 First Air Flight Over Nevada
  15. #180 The Warm Springs Hotel and Nevada State Prison
  16. #181 Washoe Indians
  17. #193 Historic Flume and Lumberyard
  18. #194 Gardner’s Ranch
  19. #196 The United States Mint Carson City, Nevada
  20. #213 Lakeview
  21. #235 Camp Nye
  22. #243 Corbett-Fitzsimmon Fight
  23. #250 State Printing Building
  24. #252 Rinckel Mansion
  25. #258 Charles W. Friend House, Observatory & Weather Station
  26. #259 The Governor’s Mansion

Other Historical Points of Interest

  1. Carson Trail Marker 29 – Morgan Mill Road
  2. Carson Trail Marker 30 – South Edmonds Drive at Koontz Lane
  3. Eagle Station – 5th and Thompson Streets
  4. Johnson Cutoff Marker 1 – Morgan Mill Road
  5. Johnson Cutoff Marker 2 – Longview Way
  6. Johnson Cutoff Marker 3 – Kings Canyon Road
  7. Johnson Cutoff Marker 4 – US 50

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