History Galore in Carson City
Carson City has plenty of historical places for visitors to see and enjoy. The Carson City Mint, located on Highway 395 in the Center of Carson City, is a great place to learn about coinage. The original building, press and mint is where silver and gold that was taken from the Virginia City mines, was made into coins with the CC mint mark. The Virginia City mines were in operation from 1870 to 1893. Visitors can also see excellent exhibits about Nevada in the museum attached to the Mint. Visitors will remember their trip as they exit the building through an exit that is designed to simulate a mine.
If railroads interest you, then you'll enjoy the Nevada State Railroad Museum just south of the Carson City Mint. Visitors can see over 60 pieces of equipment from the Virginia and Truckee railroad that served Virginia City and the mines. Built in 1869, the Virginia and Truckee railroad carried ore and passengers from Comstock, past the Carson river and timbers, through the Sierra Nevada into Virginia City. Visitors can ride on historic trains at the Museum. Hollywood used many of the engines and cars you'll see, from the 1930's through the 1950's.
The Nevada State Museum, built in 1866 was the home to the U.S. Mint for over 20 years. One of the main exhibits is a life-size replica of the Imperial Mammoth that was excavated in 1972 from the Nevada Black Rock Desert, after being sealed 17,000 years. Enjoy a trip through the life-sized ghost town and walk through a silver mine. One of the newest exhibits of the Nevada State Museum's is the Under One Sky exhibit. This exhibit explores the Native American origins through use of archaeological discoveries and traditional stories. The Changing Art Gallery also displays many works of the Native American artists.
The Kit Carson Trail is a walking trail that will guide visitors through 2.5 miles of Carson City's historical district. Follow the blue line trail with bronze medallions inlaid along the sidewalk and you'll see numerous landmarks that are part of Carson City's history. You'll see Victorian style homes from the 1800s, museums, churches, courthouses , a depot and a brewery as just a few of the sites along the trail.
Other sites of interests in Carson City include the Kreb-Petersen House at
500 North Mountain Street. This house was the location for the movie, "The
Shootist", which was the last move of John Wayne. Head over to 502 North
Division Street where Orion Clemens lived. Clemens was the brother of Mark
Twain. The Stewart Indian School Museum portraits the school where 2,800
American Indians graduated school.
After a busy day seeing the sites of Carson City, visitors to the area will be able to enjoy a meal at a number of restaurants in the area. The casinos in Carson City include fine dining for visitors, and on Carson Street restaurants widely populate the area with main dishing ranging from ethnic food to the American steak houses. You'll find meals that range from ribs, to deli, to high-end dining in Carson City.
Guests of this Nevada city are well taken care of through the many activities and sites, places to dine, evening entertainment as well as plenty of relaxation areas. There is plenty to do so plan to keep busy while visiting Carson City.