'Dedicated to you, A Free Citizen in a Free Land'
Favorite thing: Many people will have heard of America's 'Liberty Bell'. the bell in the picture is situated outside of the Nevada State Museum. I just had to read the inscription, part of which is reproduced here, for your information:
"Reproduction of the 'Liberty Bell, presented to the people of NEVADA by direction of the Honorable John w. SNYDER - Secretary of this Treasury, as the inspirational symbol of the United States Savings Bonds Independence drive from May 15 to July 4, 1950. It was displayed in every part of this State. One of 53 cast in France in 1950."
The 'Blue Line Trail'
Favorite thing: Visiting these historic houses has to be one of the 'single' most important activities. The house here is 'Springmeyer', built in 1908. These houses are all occupied, mostly as domestic residences, rather than 'museums', or commercial ventures.
When I was waiting in the Tourism Office, I did overhear Helene telling the other visitor about one elderly lady, who "might invite you in", but I don't know which house it was. So just go and ask Helene!
St Peter's Church
Fondest memory: This Gothic Revival church was built at a cost of $5,500 from 1867 to 1868, five years after the parish was organized. The first service was held in the church on August 9, 1868, although it was not consecrated until June 1870. The rectory, which stands to the south of the church, was built as a private residence in 1867. It was purchased by the church in 1891 for $3,500. It is the oldest Episcopal house of worship extant in Nevada. The building displays characteristics very similar to many New England churches.
The Former post Office Building
Favorite thing: Originally, the building in this photo functioned as the Carson City Post Office, Land Office, Weather Bureau and U.S. District Court. It included Carson City's first and only clock tower, which rises approximately 106 feet above street level. In 1935, an elevator was installed, the first in Carson City. In 1971, the building ceased to function as the Post Office. Very few modifications have been made on the exterior, so the building's appearance is much the same today as it was over 100 years ago. The wood window and door frames, cast iron columns, safes manufactured by National Safe and Lock Company and the clock tower are all original. the building is now occupied b , the Nevada Commission on Tourism. ( See earlier tip).
The Carson City Post Office is located at 401 N. Carson St., at the corner of Carson and Telegraph Streets. The building is open to the public 8:00am to 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
Nevada State Capitol
Favorite thing: The Nevada State Capitol was designed by San Francisco architect Joseph Gosling for $250, and built by local building contractor Peter Cavanaugh between 1870 and 1871. The Sandstone for the building came from the State Prison quarry, just outside of the City, and therefore was free! (unlike the inmates, LOL!).
For more than 50 years, all three branches of the state government were housed in the Capitol. The Nevada Supreme Court met here until 1937, when it moved into an adjacent building and the state legislature met here until 1971, when it moved to its new Legislative Building just south of the Capitol. Every Nevada governor except the first has had his office in the capitol. Today, the Capitol is still in use by the Governor, and contains historical exhibits on the second floor.
The Nevada State Capitol is located at 101 North Carson St. in Carson City. The Capitol is open to the public for self-guided tours; hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, seven days a week. Again, I had no time to even step inside, but I met a lady outside, who told me it was very worthwhile to do so.
Favorite thing: The mountains of the Sierra Nevada dominate the landscape of northwestern Nevada. It is a beautiful setting and the Reno/Carson City area is growing fast. Not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the winter--it certainly has its appeal.
- Casino and Gambling
Time for a drink!
Favorite thing: Strolling around the historic area, (was it Curry Street?), I came across the Old Globe Saloon. It certainly looked old from the outside, and, on entering, it was just as old on the inside too! As I was driving, I asked the landlord for a coffee. It may have been my English accent, but I don't think he understood me, but he appeared to think I was asking him if I could sell him some coffee!! How confusing. anyway, I did eventually get a coffee, for a Dollar, but there was the most strange atmosphere in that place, almost as if I was intruding. So, go there yourself, and tell me what you thought about it, LOL!
Fondest memory: I've just found some more details of this place:
"The Old Globe Saloon was established in 1875 and was originally located on Carson Street. The place contains interesting memorabilia documenting some of the local history and events that have occurred over the years. The clients consist of mostly locals. All the clients have an opinion on local politics, world events and sports. This is a fun place to visit and its the center of attention on Nevada Day which falls on the last Saturday in October."
Not my own words, but I didn't really find it a 'fun place', rather more of an 'intimidating place'. Obviously I misunderstood the local client's humour, LOL!
402 North Curry Street,
One Final House
Favorite thing: The Stewart-Nye Residence was built by Mr Stewart in 1860. It was later owned by the Territorial Governor Nye. Like many of these homes, the trees and other vegetation that now surround them makes for difficult photography.
Drive up to Lake Tahoe if You're in Carson City
Favorite thing: Carson City is a great place, but you must drive up to Lake Tahoe if you haven't been to the lake before. It's one of the most beautiful places in the world (my opinion, of course), and it's only a short drive up the hill. Take Highway 395 south of town, turn west onto Highway 50 and go up over Spooner Summit. You'll be happy you made the trip up (but make sure there isn't a snowstorm coming in,otherwise you could get stuck for a while).
More Houses to See
Favorite thing: This house (Smail) was built in 1862, and therefore appears to be one of the oldest houses in Carson City. It is now being used as an antiques/gift shop.
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