Carson City is the capital of Nevada. I have to admit, I may not have plucked that out of my brain had I suddenly been asked to name the capital of Nevada. After spending a day there last weekend, I now have firsthand knowledge of the city and I think I’ve locked that fact into my memory.
Carson City seemed like a small town for for a state capital (the population is around 57,000). As usual, we didn’t have a plan coming into the city and just started to explore. I could sense a strong community pride from the town’s overall upkeep and many nice touches that made it a very lovely place to visit. It also has beautiful surroundings — off in the distance you can see snow-capped mountains.
In our exploring we found ourselves following a blue painted path on the sidewalk and learned from signs in front of landmarks that we were on the Kit Carson Trail. This route led us past 1800s-era Victorian-style homes, museums and churches.
All of the historical landmarks on the walking tour were extremely well maintained and many have informative signs and corresponding audio files that you can download to hear narratives of frontier life, anecdotes and details about each home.
The government buildings are also extremely well maintained. Below is the handsome state capitol, built in 1870.
Finally, it wouldn’t be Nevada without casinos. Downtown has a few but they seem to fit in somehow and don’t overpower the town’s historical preservation.
Our only regret was that it was Sunday and the Nevada State Museum was closed. It looks like a really interesting place with displays ranging from a Columbian mammoth found in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to an extensive money mint exhibit, since Carson City used to be one of the country’s most prominent Mints.