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CARSON CITY VISITORS BUREAU

VISITORS GUIDE

ARTS & CULTURE

WINTER/SPRING 2017


CARSON CITY

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WELCOME

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ey , did you hear? Carson City’s inaugural Epic Rides mountain bike race — the Carson City Off-Road — was named the best in the nation. We were so honored to win the Interbike Domestic Mountain Bike Race of the Year, but at the same time, it just confirmed what we already knew. Carson City is an awesome town with incredible trails for hiking and biking, or just enjoying a leisurely walk. Our vast system of trails will connect you with, among other natural wonders, many parks and open spaces, two waterfalls and a river canyon. We have much more to offer as well. Rich in history, this is a community with a charm showcased by four museums and historic sites all within a walk or a drive of each other. The tree-lined west side and the turn-of-the-century homes along the Blue Line Trail tell the stories of past residents, some who contributed greatly to American history. A newly remodeled and more pedestrian and bike friendly downtown is a venue for events year round and plays host to a number of unique and award-winning restaurants and shops. We’re proud of our developing arts and culture scene, offering more than 13 art galleries, three theaters and performance halls, multiple public murals and sculptures. We’re home to many unique cultural events like the Stewart Indian School Father’s Day Powwow and the Nevada Day celebration. Whatever you’re interested in, I’ll bet you can find it in Carson City. Download the Visit Carson City app to see a list of everything you can see and do, or stop by the Visitors Bureau, 716 N. Carson St., and we’ll help you out. Thank you for coming, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your stay. Sincerely,

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CONTENTS

1 LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 4 BOB NYLEN

As curator of history at the Nevada State Museum, Bob Nylen preserves the dream that started it all.

15 KIT CARSON BLUE LINE TRAIL

Carson City’s mountain bike race named best in the nation.

10 LOCAL ARTISANS

The artwalk through downtown Carson City provides perfect way to shop for unique gifts .

13 ANNUAL EVENTS

Events taking place in the city.

WRITER/EDITOR Teri Vance

Carson City’s new arts and culture coordinator creates plan to expand public art.

PHOTOGRAPHY Cathleen Allison

22 INSIDE THE MIND OF DA VINCI

Local sculptor uses works of Leonardo da Vinci to inspire other artists.

LAYOUT & DESIGN Sean Nebeker

ADVERTISING SALES

24 STU WEXLER

14 NEW WAYS TO TELL OLD STORIES

Explore the 2.5-mile path through Carson City’s historic homes.

20 MARK SALINAS

8 EPIC AWARD

The 2017 Visitors Guide was created by Nevada Photo Source for the Carson City Visitors Bureau. It is an advertising supplement published by the Nevada Appeal.

Brad Bancroft

Sales manager for Wyndham Garden and Max Casino helps visitors coordinate trips to Carson City.

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The audio version of the historic Blue Line Trail now available on the Visit Carson City app.

Local snowshoer Jeff Moser shares best trails in the area.

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Local cyclist Randy Gaa shares best places to ride a fat-tire bike.

28 LODGING

List of local lodging properties .

ON THE COVER Dania Wahwasuck, 15, dances in the Nevada Day parade in 2016. The Carson City Indian Colony hosts the annual La Ka Lel Be Powwow the same weekend.

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CULTURE

Bob Nylen, curator of history at the Nevada State Museum, has spent 32 years sharing his love of Nevada history.

Bob Nylen preserves historic vision for state’s future By Teri Vance

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o understand the history of the Nevada State Museum, explains Bob Nylen, the museum’s curator of history, you need to first understand the history of the U.S. Mint in Carson City. It began operation in 1870 and ran until 1893. In 1899 it was converted to a U.S. Assay office that

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remained in operation until the 1930s. When it closed, it was put up for sale “Judge Clark Guild took a Sunday walk, picked up his mail at what is now the Laxalt Building, and saw the ‘for sale’ sign,” Nylen said. “He got upset. He could see the writing on the wall, the building was considered a blight. He had a vision right

away of making it into a museum.” The Nevada State Museum opened on Nevada Day, Oct. 31, 1941. Nylen moved to Nevada from Riverside, Ill., to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. After a stint at the Nevada Historical Society, he started as a museum registrar in 1984 and became the


Nevada State Museum Curator of History Bob Nylen, and Chief Coiner Ken Hopple mint commemorative coins on the historic press. The U.S. Mint began operation in 1870 and ran until 1893. It opened in Oct 31, 1941 as the Nevada State Museum.

“People have been lost to history. We need to bring it back, It might impact how we approach things now.” —BOB NYLEN curator of history in 1989. As such, he manages the historic collection and history education. He also gives tours, but one of his most important jobs is sharing his historic knowledge. “I’ve literally had thousands of people call me over my 32 years asking questions about Nevada history,” Nylen said. “I’m really a resource to people who are residents of the state and out of the state as well.” Nylen moves around the museum as effortlessly as someone in his own home. Every artifact has a story he tells with enthusiasm — from the silver tobacco box, a relic of a baseball rivalry between Carson and Virginia cities, to G.S. Garcia’s most famous saddle made in 1904. “I get so excited and interested in history when you learn the details about the people — how they

contributed, or even the tragedies — it brings it to life,” he said. “Things just jump out at me.” He even feels a connection to the building itself. “Every day I walk up and down these stairs, I think about how this was the main staircase used to go up and down in the mint,” he said. “Abe Curry was the superintendent of the mint until 1871. His office was upstairs.” The exhibits trace the transition to cars from the horse and buggy, and some of the growing pains in between. “One of my favorite stories from the time was about the speeding laws, which were probably around 10 mph,” Nylen recounted. “Sometimes the sheriff had to chase them down on a horse to give them a ticket.” Nevada’s diversity — including Visitors enjoy the Nevada State Museum during Nevada Day weekend 2016.

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CULTURE

History’s storytellers T he Nevada State Museum is home to the largest exhibited Columbian mammoth, as well as Native American and historic Nevada displays. “Nevada has a great history and the Nevada State Museum is a good way to hear that history, and talk to people who know it,” said Felicia Archer, spokeswoman for the State of Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. “We are the

Gene Hattori, curator of anthropology at the Nevada State Museum, holds a Washoe basket from 1899, part of the museum's extensive Native American collection.

Native Americans, Basque, Chinese and Latinos — is also showcased in the museum. “People often underestimate the role of the immigrants in Nevada history,” Nylen said. “In the 19th Century, we had the largest percentage of people who came here to settle.” The ghost town and mining exhibits are two of the oldest. “They were created with such love,” he said. “So much thought went into making that basement mine be a top-level exhibit.” His contribution to that display was personal. “Those are my jeans,” he said, gesturing to the mannequin of the prospector at the entrance of the old mine. “Those have been on this exhibit since 1985 when it opened.” His pants, he said, were a small sacrifice for the good of the museum, which in turn is good for the community. “People have been lost to history. We need to bring it back,” he said. “It might impact how we approach things now. Look at this museum, it all got started with somebody’s dream on a Sunday morning.”

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stewards of Nevada’s history. This is the place to get the story.” Carson City has several other museums as well, including the Nevada State Railroad Museum. “The railroad was once one of the largest employers in the nation,” Archer said. “Just about everyone has a family member who worked on the railroad. We have some spectacular pieces of history.”


MUSEUMS IN CARSON CITY Nevada State Museum 600 N. Carson St. 775-687-4810   Nevada State Railroad Museum 2180 S. Carson St. 775-687-6953   Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada 813 N. Carson St. 775-884-2226  

Foreman-Roberts House 1207 N. Carson St. 775-887-2174   Stewart Indian School Complex 5500 Snyder Ave. 775-687-8333 For more, download the Visit Carson City app on any smart device.

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RECREATION

Carson City’s bike race named nation’s best By TERI VANCE

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he Carson City Off-Road was named the best mountain bike race in the nation during the September Interbike International Bicycle Exposition in Las Vegas. “This award proves what we’ve already known — that we have world-class bike trails with stunning mountain and Lake Tahoe vistas,” said Joel Dunn, executive director of the Carson City Visitors 10

Bureau. “Now, we will have the chance to showcase them on an international level.” The Carson City Off-Road, one of three in the Epic Rides mountain bike series, was hosted in the capital city June 17-19. It was named the Interbike Domestic Mountain Bike Race of the Year by editors of industry magazine Velo News. The McRae family of Carson City

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were among about 600 racers to participate. The boys, Tobin, 15, and Connor, 16, rode the 50-mile course. “You’re doing all the really great trails in the Carson and Tahoe area all in one day,” Connor said. “It’s the most amount of fun you can pack in.” Parents Brian and Katie chose the 35-mile course. “I’m doing the ride to enjoy

the community and the trails and the beauty,” Katie said. “It’s not something I’m entering into with a competitive nature at all. I’m just going to enjoy it. We have a jewel of a course here.” Todd Sadow, president of Epic Rides, said the Carson City OffRoad is more than just a bike race. “It’s a celebration of community, offering three days of free live music and beer gardens for

PHOTO BY RICK GUNN

Competitors climb the hills west of Carson City during the inaugural Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road race. The race was named the nation’s best by Interbike.


everyone to enjoy regardless of whether one rides a mountain bike,” Sadow said. “And for those who do ride, each event Expo showcases the industry’s most innovative mountain bike gear while making it a terrific experiential marketing platform for event sponsors.” Carson City Manager Nick Marano said the race highlighted a successful collaboration. “The Carson City Off-Road is a great event that showcases the worldclass recreation opportunities in our backyard,” Marano said. “The inaugural race was the success it was because of a great partnership between Epic Rides, the Carson City Visitors Bureau and the city. The mayor and board of supervisors were enthusiastic proponents of this race series, and I want to thank them and especially all the city employees who made this race such an outstanding event.” Dunn said the award validates the bureau’s recent efforts to brand Carson City as a recreation destination. “We live in one of the most beautiful areas of the world, and the world is starting to notice,” Dunn said. He also pointed to trail builders and other volunteers who made the bike race possible. “This isn’t our vision alone,” he said. “Volunteers put in thousands of hours to build the Ash to Kings Canyon Trail, advocate for a better-linked trail system and create the kind of community tourists want to visit each year.” In a five-year partnership with Epic Rides, Dunn said, he expects about 2,000 riders by 2021. “I can’t wait for next year’s race,” said Kurt Meyer, event leader for the Carson City Off-Road. “I am happy to be a part of the Epic Rides’ team. We will only get better every year.”

“I’m doing the ride to enjoy the community and the trails and the beauty. We have a jewel of a course here.” —KATIE McRAE

For more information, go to epicrides.com. Mountain bikers enjoy the festive atmosphere during the Epic Rides’ inaugural Carson City Off-Road. Katie McRae and her sons Connor and Tobin competed in the race.

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SHOPPING

Local art galleries offer unique gifts By TERI VANCE

Sarah Morey, manager of the Brewery Arts Center Artisan Store, says the store stands out for its variety of offerings from local artists.

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hen customers come into the Charlie B Gallery, owner Charlie Blim is not pushing to make a sale. He’s got a bigger goal in mind. “Art changed my life,” he said. “If they take the time to learn the history, learn about the artist, it could change their lives, too. It’s not just about buying stuff.”

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That’s why he advises going into local shops rather than big box stores. “I’ve got stuff made by actual humans,” he said. “All that other stuff is made by machines.” The Carson City Art Walk, a self-guided tour compiled by the Carson City Visitors Bureau, features artists and galleries, all

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located within walking distance of downtown. “We wanted to make people aware of all the art we have in Carson City and make it easy to experience it,” said Kyle Horvath, marketing director for the Carson City Visitors Bureau. “You can’t assume a visitor or even a local is going to just stumble upon these

galleries. Art should be accessible.” Mark Salinas, the city’s arts and culture coordinator, encouraged patrons to use the art walk as a shopping opportunity. “Shopping locally supports our local art scene as well as boosts the local economy,” Salinas said. “Why buy big box when you can go unique?”


Artist and proprietor Rich McGregor and his wife Robin, operate the Carson City Art Gallery which features work from more than 30 local artists.in

In his downtown Carson City gallery that moved from Fallon in November 2015, Blim offers art from across the country, as well as from Australia and the United Kingdom. “I represent contemporary artists and historic artists with a mix of regional art and pottery,” he said. He takes the time, he said, to visit with patrons about the history of the piece and about the artist who created it. “Art is about the human connection,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot about myself just by collecting art. It’s something that’s transcending.” Learn more about Charlie B Gallery, 114 W. Telegraph St., at charliebgallery.com or (775) 575-7333.

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obin McGregor, owner of Carson City Art Gallery and Pottery, became a potter “from the minute I touched clay.” She was visiting her youngest sister in Florida in 1992 and learned her sister was taking a pottery class at a local community college. “I asked her to leave me some clay when she went to work,” McGregor recalled. “It came to life in my hands.” It took decades of learning, a

couple of moves that resulted in living on the other side of the country, raising their children, and a twist of fate that Robin and her husband, Rich — a fellow potter — opened the Carson City Art Gallery and Pottery in downtown Carson City in September. “Oh my God, I love it here,” she said. “I just love it here. I love coming here every day. I greet the building when I get here every morning.” When McGregor returned to New York from that visit to her sister, she eventually found a potter who taught classes from his Long Island home. She studied with him for two years before the family moved to Manchester, N.H., where she enrolled in classes in the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

“I asked her to leave me some clay when she went to work. It came to life in my hands.” —ROBIN McGREGOR

She graduated in 2003 and moved the next year to Virginia City. After a short-lived business venture running a half museum and half pottery store, Rich went to work teaching math at the high school and Robin took a parttime job. “I was still throwing, but not very much,” she said. But the clay still called, and she started teaching at the Brewery Arts Center, then moved to the basement of the Children’s Museum to run her own pottery classes. She owned a

PHOTOS BY RICK GUNN

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SHOPPING Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery 220-A W. Telegraph St. 775.885.2787 www.artsyfartsyartgallery.com   Charlie B Gallery 114 W. Telegraph St. 775.575.7333 www.charliebgallery.com Nevada Artist Association Gallery at the Brewery Arts Center 449 W. King St. 775.882.6411 www.nevadaartists.org Brewery Arts Center Artisan Store 449 W. King St. 775.883.1976 www.breweryarts.org Comma Coffee – Backseat Gallery 312 S. Carson St. 775.883.2662 www.commacoffee.com Nevada State Legislature Art Galleries 401 S. Carson St. 775.684.6800 www.leg.state.nv.us

Charlie Blim, owner of Charlie B Gallery, offers art from around the world.

studio on Winnie Lane and was working at the farmers market on the Empty Bowls project — an effort to reduce hunger in the community — when she saw the “for rent” sign. The sign stood in front of the historic stagecoach building from the 1860s. “I thought it would be great for classes,” McGregor said. “Then my husband saw the building, and he said, ‘No, this building needs to be an art gallery.’ Once he said that, I knew he was right.” The gallery displays work from more than 30 local artists, including painting, photography, pottery, gourds, jewelry and more. “It’s growing constantly,” McGregor said. Find out more about Carson City Art Gallery and Pottery, 110 S. Curry St., on Facebook or (775) 313-8628.

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hen Sarah Morey has extra money to spend, she said, she usually spends it at the Artisan Store at the Brewery Arts Center. “This stuff is not mass produced,” she said. “An individual took hours and hours of talent to make this. You now have one piece of art no one else will ever have.” Morey, a photographer, not only displays her own work in the store but also serves as its manager. “Even though I grew up here, I only learned about the Brewery Arts Center four-and-a-half years ago,” she explained. “When I walked in and saw all the art, I thought, ‘I want to do this, too.’” The store features the work of local artists, including potters, photographers, woodworkers, fabric artists, metal workers and others. “You find art here you couldn’t find anywhere else,” she said. “It’s unique art.”

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Each month, a different artist is spotlighted and his or her work is displayed prominently in the store. Despite its originality, it’s also affordable. “Prices are reasonable,” she said. “In fact, they’re pretty low.” Just walking in the store can be enriching in itself. “You feel the culture of the area,” Morey said. “Art stimulates the parts of the brain that are otherwise asleep.” Find out more about the Artisan Store, 449 W. King St., at breweryarts.org or (775) 883-1976. For more information about the Art Walk , go to visitcarsoncity.com, download the Visit Carson City app or pick up a brochure at the Carson City Visitors Bureau, 716 N. Carson St.

Western Nevada College Bristlecone Building Galleries 2201 W. College Parkway 775.445.3000 www.wnc.edu Nevada State Museum 600 N. Carson St. 775.687.4810 www.museums.nevadaculture.org/ nsmcc Carson City Visitors Bureau Gallery 716 N. Carson St., 1st Floor 775.687.7410 www.visitcarsoncity.com   Nevada Arts Council – OXS Gallery 716 N. Carson St., 2nd Floor 775.687.6680 www.nac.nevadaculture.org   Capital City Arts Initiative 885 E. Musser St. Courthouse Gallery 851 E. Williams St. - Sierra Room 108 E. Proctor St. - Brick Gallery 775.721.7424 www.arts-initiative.org Carson City Art Gallery and Pottery 110 S. Carson St. 775.313.8628 www.carsoncitypottery.com Ogres-Holm Pottery 1308 S. Stewart St. 775-461-3616 www.ogresholmpottery.com


EVENTS

2017ANNUAL EVENTS Downtown Wine Walk

Silver Dollar Car Classic

— First Saturday of every month

— July

Downtown Ghost Walks

Concert Under the Stars

— May-October

— July

V&T Train to Virginia City

Levitt Amp Concert Series

— May-October

— July

3rd & Curry St. Farmers Market

Jazz & Beyond Festival

— May-September

— August

Epic Rides

Nevada Day Parade

— June

— October

Blinkyman

Polar Express Train Ride

— June & October

— November & December

Fathers Day Powwow — June

Christmas Tree Lighting at the Capitol

Rockabilly Riot

— December

— June

Extreme Motor Officer Training Challenge — June

Capital City Brewfest — June

For a complete list, go to visitcarsoncity.com or download the Visit Carson City app on your smart device.

Carson City Fair — July

Fourth of July Fireworks — July

Polynesian Festival — July

Taste of Downtown — July

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HISTORY

Debbie Lane leads a Carson City Parks and Recreation Easy Walk group along the Blue Line Trail in historic downtown Carson City.

New technology highlights city’s history By TERI VANCE

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he Carson City Visitors Bureau is using the latest in new technology to highlight some of the city’s oldest buildings. The iconic Blue Line Tour — which features notable homes on the historic west side — is now available on the Visit Carson City app. “It’s an opportunity for the bureau to unveil its utilization of new technology,” said Joel Dunn, executive director of the Carson City Visitors Bureau. “This is a way to share our historical significance using the most modern tool for visitors.” In addition to the audio tour available on the app, which can be 16

downloaded on any smart device, the printed copy has also been updated. “The actual blue line has changed in the last couple of years,” said James Salanoa, assistant marketing manager for the visitors bureau. “We made sure the new map reflected that.” He said 20 new sites were added to the map, along with more comprehensive descriptions of each site. “Prior to this, they were just tidbits, maybe one sentence,” Salanoa said. “We extended that so it’s more descriptive. It’s now more accurate. It’s also more cohesive and easy to follow.”

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The audio tour — made available through the visitors bureau’s partnership with the Naughty Tea Mistresses and Brewery Arts Center — provides the entire explanation for each stop. “With smart phones now you can listen to the complete audio description of each of the locations on the Blue Line Trail,” Salanoa said. “It’s much more comprehensive because there’s only so much information you can fit in print.” Dunn said visitors and other users of the app will see similar developments in the future. “The data shows visitors use mobile apps 80 percent of the time

when planning their trips,” he said. “You’ll see the visitors bureau continue to make an effort to showcase our historical significance in our mobile app.” To listen to the complete historic Blue Line audio tour, download the Visit Carson City app on any smart device. Pick up a Blue Line map at the Carson City Visitors Bureau, 716 N. Carson St. Go to visitcarsoncity.com for more information.


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HISTORY

1. Nevada State Museum ­­—Old Mint (1869)

10. Bliss Mansion (1879)

600 N. Carson St. Over $49 million were coined here, 1870-92.

608 Elizabeth St. Duane L. Bliss built this house in 1879. Has 15

(U.S. Mint 1869)

2. Smail House (1862) 502 N. Curry St. Purchased the lot for $250, sold it a month later to John McAvoy for $600.

3. Chartz House (1876)

from his Lake Tahoe mill (1879).

11. Governor’s Mansion (1909) 606 N. Mountain St. Land cost $10 donated by the Rickey family (house to the south). Completed after 30 years of debate.

412 N. Nevada St. Alfred Chartz, as a young news reporter, shot a

12. Bender House (1870)

became an outstanding lawyer.

Railroad (1866-1870).

man who impugned his editor’s honor. He was later pardoned and

707 W. Robinson St. Named for 1874 owner, an agent for the V&T

4. Curry House (1871)

13. Rickey House (1870)

406 N. Nevada St. Abe Curry, a founding father of Carson City, held

512 North Mountain St. T.B. Rickey founded the State Bank and Trust

Territorial Prison, territorial assemblyman, territorial Senator, Orsmby

before offering the property to the north for a Governor’s Mansion.

prominent titles such as: Warden and contractor for the Nevada County Surveyor, and Superintendent of U.S. Mint.

5. Norcross House (1906)

Company. Mrs. Rickey waited until her husband was out of town

The positive support from the community made it impossible for Mr. Rickey to renege on the donation.

412 N. Division St. Frank Norcross served 12 years in the Nevada

14. Krebs-Peterson House (1914)

the University of Nevada.

boarding house for John Wayne in his last days as a dying gunfighter

Supreme Court and was one of three in the first graduating class from

6. Orion Clemens House (1864) 502 N. Division St. Orion Clemens, Nevada’s first territorial secretary brought his younger brother from Tennessee. His brother later became a prolific writer by the name of Mark Twain.

7. Yerington House (1863) 512 N. Division St. Named for second owner (1869), a key figure in the V&T Railroad (1863).

8. Cavell House (1907) 402 West. Robinson St. The design was considered advanced for

the times, with low ceilings, gas and electric fixtures and hot water heater.

9. Stewart House (1887) 503 West Robinson St. U.S. Senator William Stewart purchased this

house in 1886; he took the lead in the passage of the National mining law in 1866. He wrote the Fifteenth Amendment and supported reclamation legislation.

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rooms, 9 marble fireplaces, and built of clear sugar pine and cedar

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500 N. Mountain St. The Krebs-Peterson home was chosen to be the in “The Shootist.” The filming began in January 1976. Dr. Krebs

achieved international fame in halting the influenza epidemic using sacred herbs from a local Native American tribe.

15. Robinson House (1874) 406 N. Mountain St. This house was built in 1873 by Marshall Robinson, one of the founders of the Carson Daily Appeal.

16. Sadler House (1878) 310 North Mountain St. The house was later purchased by Reinhold Sadler, who held offi ce as Lieutenant Governor from 1896 to 1898 and as acting and then governor from 1896 to 1902. On May 19,

1896, he purchased the house from Professor Phillips and Edith Krall.

He moved his family into the house. While he was governor, the house was considered the unofficial Governor’s Mansion.

17. Crowell House (1860s) 206 North Mountain St. This home was built in the 1860s by Professor

Hayward H. Howe, superintendent of the Carson City schools. In 1919,


Lucy Crowell, the daughter of Carson City newspaper editor, Sam

25a. Dat So La Lee Home—Cohn House

the Nevada Supreme Court for 50 years.

around 1914. It is located to the east of Abe and Amy Cohn’s house.

18. St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church (1871)

famed for her excellent basket work. Louisa Keyser was also known as

Davis, purchased the house for $1,500. She worked as a secretary for

511 W. King St. It was originally much smaller and constructed out of wood, but it was expanded and faced with brick around 1949. It now houses the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall.

19. Stewart-Nye Residence (1860) 108 N. Minnesota St. This is one of Carson City’s oldest homes. It was built prior to 1862 of native sandstone for William M. Stewart.

20. Edwards House (1883) 204 North Minnesota St. Thomas J. Edwards built this house in 1883. Erroneous accounts suggested Edwards constructed the house with

state prison labor, and was forced to resign his office as county clerk. The story about the use of prison labor is a very popular legend; evidence clearly shows there was no scandal associated with the construction of the home.

21. Springmeyer House (1908) 302 N. Minnesota St. Herman H. Springmeyer was born in Westphalia, Germany on Oct. 7, 1844. He married Wilhelmine Heidtman and

had 10 children. He was the first Nevada rancher to sell alfalfa hay commercially. His hobby was the cultivation of beautiful flowers, especially roses; the latter have been an attraction at his home.

22. Lee House (1906) 340 North Minnesota St. The house is known as the Dr. Simeon L. Lee. It is on the site of the former Central School and was built with lumber from the razed school building in 1907. Dr. Lee was called upon to

travel to Lake Tahoe during a winter blizzard to tend to a woman in

labor. Dr. Lee went on snowshoes. Despite warnings that he could not reach the opposite shore, he set out in a boat, and after a harrowing

331 W. Proctor St. The Dat So La Lee house is a one-story cottage built This was the home of Louisa Keyser, a Washoe Indian basket weaver,

Dat So La Lee, her Washoe name, which means “big around the middle or big hips.”

26. United Methodist Church (1865) 200 North Division St. Built in 1865, sandstone quarried at Nevada State Prison.

27. Carson Brewing Company (1865) 449 W. King St. Home of “Tahoe Beer” for over a century. It is now the Brewery Arts Center. What seems to have been Nevada’s first

brewery was established in Carson City by John Wagner & Company in 1860 during the rush to Virginia City.

The Carson Brewery specialized in steam beer, a bottom-fermenting brew produced without the constant cold temperatures that true

lager requires. The pure, clear water used in the brewing process came from King’s Canyon Creek west of town.

27a. Ferris House (1869) 311 3rd St. The house is a frame structure, which measures

approximately 60-by-60 feet. Family tradition believed that George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. came up with the idea for the Ferris

Wheel from his early days in Nevada, when he watched the big wheel turning near the Mexican mill on the Carson River.

28. First Presbyterian Church (1864) 100 North Nevada St. First Presbyterian Church was completed in 1864. The brick edifice is considered to be the oldest Presbyterian Church in service in Nevada.

29. Olcovich Meyers House (1874-1875)

experience, reached his destination and saved the mother and baby.

214 King St. The house was built by Joseph Olcovich in 1874-1875.

23. St. Peters (1862)

community and owned extensive commercial property in Carson.

302 North Division St. Built in 1867-1868 at a cost of $5,500. The

structure is an exceptionally fine rendition of Gothic Revival style used

The Olcovich brothers were prominent members of the Jewish

30. E.D. Sweeney Building (1860)

widely in the 19th century.

102 S. Curry St. This is one of the earliest commercial buildings in

24. Schulz House (1874)

city’s earliest years. The house was built in approximately 1859-

212 North Division St. Schulz was a native of Westerheim, Germany, where he was born in 1884. He came to United States as a boy of 14

and lived in New York, where he married Katherine Weis. The couple

Carson City, and one of the few brick buildings remaining from the 1860 by builder Peter Cavanaugh, who also constructed the Nevada State Capitol in 1870.

had three children. In 1879, he came with his family to Carson City,

31. Rinckel Mansion (1876)

in the Schulz family for 100 years.

and served as a restaurant as well as a wedding chapel for a number

25. Cohn House (1909-1910)

the backdrop in one of its scenes for the movie, “The Remarkable

where he was the owner of the Stone Market. The house would remain

333 West Proctor St. The construction of Abe and Amy Cohn’s home began in October 1909. The house was built by the

102 N. Curry St. The Rinckel Mansion has been a setting for movies of years. In 1941, Paramount Pictures used the Rinckel mansion as Andrew.”

Carson Improvement Association, with Herbert Maxson acting as

32. Warren Engine Company (1863)

by bad weather and it was not completed until late March 1910.

sandstone. The Warren Engine Company No. 1 was first organized at

superintendent of construction. The building of the house was slowed

201 North Curry St. The structure was built in 1863 of locally quarried

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HISTORY

a meeting held on June 17, 1863. Some 30 charter members eager

38. St. Charles-Muller Hotel (1862)

from their fellow townspeople and collected $2,000 following the

Carson City was also one of the state’s most elegant and became the

to give Carson City a real fire department met enthusiastic support

302 S. Carson St. Constructed in 1862, one of the first hotels in

meeting.

main stage stop in Carson City. It consists of two utilitarian buildings,

33. Hyman Olcovich (1876)

with Italianate details. It was one of the most elegant hotels of the

412 North Curry St. This house was built by Hyman Olcovich in approximately 1876-1877. The Olcovich brothers came to this

country from Prussia. They operated a dry goods store at the corner

a two-story one on the south and a three-story one on the north, each day. (1862)

39. Jack’s Bar (1899)

of Fourth and Carson St.

408 South Carson St. Used as a convenient meeting spot, with a

34. Brougher Bath Mansion (1903-1904)

community life in general. The proximity of Jack’s Bar to the offices

204 W. Spear St. Wilson Brougher “struck it rich” in the Tonopah boom in 1901, and came to Carson City when he purchased the

Arlington Hotel on North Carson St. He built his home in 1903-1904 behind the hotel.

35. Ormsby County Courthouse (1920s) 100 N. Carson St. Designed as part of the State Capitol complex

(early 1920s), the Ormsby County Courthouse housed the Carson City

(formerly Ormsby County) courts until 1999. It is currently the Nevada State Attorney General’s office. Of interest is the granite fountain in

front of the Supreme Court, presented to Carson City in 1909 by the National Humane Alliance to provide fresh water for passing horses and pets.

36. Former Nevada Supreme Court (1936) 198 N. Carson St. Designed by architect Frederic DeLongchamps

(1882-1969). When the Supreme Court had outgrown its singleroom quarters in the Capitol, DeLongchamps was awarded the

commission for a new building, which he designed in a compatible but distinctly modern style.

37. Heroes Memorial Building (1921) 198 S. Carson St. Twin of the Ormsby County Courthouse. (1921)

The Heroes Memorial Building was designed as “a fitting memorial

to Nevada Soldiers who gave their lives in the service of the United States in the European War” (World War I).

relaxing environment to conduct business, talk politics, or discuss

of state government has resulted in its playing a very particular role in political affairs. The bar has served as the site of informal meetings and caucuses that have had an effect on the political history of the state.

40. Capitol Complex 201 S Carson St. The Nevada State Capitol Complex consists of the

State Capitol Building, Library and Archives, Legislative Building and

the Supreme Court Building. Complex features a Kit Carson statue and the Law Enforcement Memorial. Complex also used for concerts. In front of the State Capitol, many of the various trees were planted by George Washington Gale Ferris, Sr. whose son invented the Ferris Wheel.

41. Nevada State Capitol (1870-1871) 101 N. Carson St. When the ambitious founders of Carson City laid

out the town in 1858, they had dreams of a new territory, and then a new state to follow. Ten acres, known as the Plaza, were set aside in the belief that Carson City would be chosen as the capital of a new

government in western Utah Territory — Nevada became a state in 1864. Architect’s fee: $250; stone: free, from State Prison quarry. (1870-1871)

42. Kitzmeyer Furniture (1873) 319 N. Carson St. The Kitzmeyer Furniture Factory is the oldest surviving Italianate-style, commercial building in Carson City. It was found to be the most intact example of Italianate-style

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43. Paul Laxalt Building 401 N. Carson St. First federal office constructed in Nevada (1891).

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Sculpting the city’s art plan By TERI VANCE

Mark Salinas is looking to cultivate all arts in his new role as arts and culture coordinator for Carson City.

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rt has always come naturally to Mark Salinas. “As a kid, I was winning coloring contests left and right,” he recalled. “My elementary school art teacher was very encouraging, and she helped lead me down that path.” Later in life — as he started his own company and founded a nonprofit mural organization in New York that got the attention of city leaders — he found he also had 22

a knack for administration. So when he learned that Carson City was looking to create a position for an arts and culture coordinator, it piqued his interest. “This job presented itself as something that put all of my years of experience together in one opportunity,” he said. “I felt I could move it forward.” Joel Dunn, executive director of the Carson City Visitors Bureau, said Salinas, who was hired in

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September, was the perfect fit. “From the beginning of the process all the way through checking his references and talking to members of the New York Arts Council and members of the New York and Queens arts communities, Mark stood out as someone who has the experience and expertise necessary for the job,” Dunn said. “His transition from being an artist to art administrator gives him a unique perspective.”

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a sculpture degree, Salinas took a job transporting fine arts with a company in New York City. He left that company to work for a former client and quickly worked his way into administration. But missing the creative aspect of work, he went back to school for fashion design. “I was interested in how clothes


“This community has several assets that make it a fantastic place to live, work and visit. The question going forward is just how we reorganize and create a vision for the future.”

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This early in the job, he said, he’s meeting artists, art administrators and other community leaders to learn what is needed and wanted. “This community has several assets that make it a fantastic place to live, work and visit,” Salinas said. “The question going forward is just how we reorganize and create a vision for the future.” He said he is looking to cultivate all arts — visual, performing, literary, culinary. “I want to broaden our definition of what arts and culture is, as well as expanding who that is,” Salinas said. “Public art creates a higher quality of life for everyone.  It adds definition and excellence to our culture, society, and economy.  This kind of community programming is what builds us towards being a creative destination.” He is uniquely qualified to create that vision. “I’m a sculptor,” he said. “I know how to build things. I understand how things are made.”

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Sculpture inspires artists through works of

da Vinci

PHOTO BY SCOTT R. KLINE

By Teri Vance

Artist Mischell Riley poses with her “Inside the Mind of da Vinci” sculpture at Burning Man in 2016.

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ischell Riley spent nearly a year building a 10-by-23-foot cement sculpture of Leonardo da Vinci that weighs close to seven tons. She endured heat up to 105 degrees working with cement — an unforgiving medium she’d never sculpted with before — to finish the project. Her suffering in building the piece, which included having to rely on private funding sources after grants fell through, just adds to its significance.

“This piece was about my breaking out,” she said. “I think it speaks to all artists who are stuck in a rut. It can be anybody jumping out of your stuck routine, taking a big risk, putting yourself through bootcamp and coming out the other side.” She debuted the sculpture on the Black Rock Desert during this year’s Burning Man. It is open in back, large enough for people to walk inside where they are exposed to the works of da Vinci. As she describes it, “Inside the Mind of da Vinci” is a fantasy. “Imagine walking in a dust storm and you stumble upon a great big piece of art. You walk

around it, and you realize it’s the face of Leonardo da Vinci,” she explained. “You realize it’s Renaissance-era art and the back half is rusted off. You can actually go inside his mind.” Typically, when commissioned to create a sculpture, she creates the artwork then hands it off to the customer. With Burning Man, she was able to watch people interact with her piece, seeing the works of da Vinci from inside his own head. “I got lots of people crying.

One guy was just sobbing,” she said. “This is so powerful. It’s life changing.” She now has multiple offers to display the sculpture in public spaces. “It is perfect as a public area to gather and talk, a communitygathering space,” Riley said. “I hope it inspires action.” Born in Phoenix, Riley grew up in Colorado, has lived in Nevada since 1992 and Carson City for the past six years. She worked on the MGM lions in Las Vegas and has commissioned sculptures across the country, including in Missouri, Oklahoma, Indiana, Colorado and Arizona.

“It is perfect as a public area to gather and talk, a communitygathering space. I hope it inspires action.” —MISCHELL RILEY “I was a two-time Junior Olympics Gold Medalist in the high jump and entered college with seven scholarships in track and two scholarships in art,” Riley said. “I was a six-time

All-American and qualified for the United States Olympic Team, but failed to participate due to injuries. The motivation, dedication and discipline I developed as an athlete I have maintained and relied on in my art.” The sculpture is now on display at the University of Nevada, Reno and may be moved to Carson City. Riley said people who see it should feel motivated to create in their own way. “It inspires, ‘Wow, I’m inside the mind of this great man.’ It inspires you to think of your own great ideas,” Riley said. “It has an energy of ‘tag, you’re it’. I get goosebumps thinking about it.” Learn more about Inside the Mind of da Vinci sculpture and artist Mischell Riley at http://www.bronzesbymischell.com. ABOVE: Artist Mischell Riley supervises the installation of her "Inside the Mind of da Vinci" sculpture at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Sales manager shares love of Carson City with hotel guests By Teri Vance

Stu Wexler, sales manager for the Wyndham Garden and Max Casino, talks with a family in the Black Bear Diner.

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f you’re visiting Carson City as part of a large group or event, chances are you’ve come into contact with Stu Wexler, sales manager for Wyndham Garden and Max Casino. “My job is putting packages together, booking groups and working on corporate accounts,” he explained. “We let people know we’re a good choice because of our central location. We have lots of parking, room for tour buses and school buses. We work with our customers to get them tickets to the museum or for train rides, make sure they have a good

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time while they’re here.” But the focus is not solely on visitors. “We’re gearing up toward our locals again,” Wexler said. “We do specials for senior night, ladies night, Nevada Day packages.” Most promotions appeal to visitors and residents alike, he said, such as the newly opened Black Bear Diner that also provides room service to the hotel. Entertainment is also scheduled regularly. “We have live music Thursdays through Saturdays,” he said. “We have different bands for

all different occasions.” Wexler moved to Carson City about 20 years ago from Redding, Calif., after reuniting with his high school sweetheart, Kathy, who recently retired from the Carson City School District. Between them, they have five children and five grandchildren. “I love Carson City,” he said. With more than a decade in the hotel business, he said, he’s seeing tourism pick up again. He credits an upturn in the economy, as well as the Carson City Visitors Bureau with events such as the Carson City Off-Road mountain


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he best bet for snowshoeing in Carson City is at Spooner Summit and the surrounding areas, just 20 minutes up the mountain on Highway 50 from downtown. Here are a few trailheads, the trails ranging from beginner to advanced. Those looking for groomed trails should head up to the Spooner Lake Backcountry. Part of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, this fee area has off-highway parking and restrooms just north of Spooner Summit on SR28. There are good options for beginners here, like a two mile snowshoe around Spooner Lake, or an easy walk up to Spencer's Cabin and the meadows to the west. Ambitious snowshoers can make the five mile climb up North Canyon to Marlette Lake. About 2.5 miles north from Spooner Summit on SR28 is an unmarked trailhead for Skunk Harbor. This trail is easy walking, but does have nearly 600 feet of elevation change. There is limited off-street parking here, and the trail begins at a gated dirt road that descends to the lakeshore of Lake Tahoe. It's about 1.5 miles on a wide, easy-to-follow trail down to the lake, and provided there's enough snow, you can snowshoe right up to the water for a beautiful view. Just remember you must also climb 1.5 miles back up the steep road to get back to the trailhead! More advanced snowshoers will

Jeff Moser enjoy the Tahoe Rim Trail. The Tahoe Rim Trail crosses Spooner Summit with trailhead parking along the road. These trails are not maintained in the winter, take some navigation skills, and you may be cutting fresh tracks after a snow storm. Nearby Duane Bliss Peak can be climbed by taking the Tahoe Rim Trail south, and then finding a decent cross-country route to the top. Heading north on the Tahoe Rim Trail will take you toward Snow Valley Peak, the highest peak in Carson City at 9,213 ft elevation. Since this trek is 12 miles out and back, only attempt this if you are in good shape, and have plenty of daylight and fair weather. It can also get very windy up top, even in the best conditions.

For a complete list of hiking trails, download the Visit Carson City app on any smart device.

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Fat-tire bike riding by:

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here is a growing fat bike community in Carson City, and many of the local trails lend themselves to an enjoyable fat biking experience. While any trail is a good trail for a fat bike, there are a few in the area that stand out as exceptional. One of the most popular trails in Carson City is the Ash to Kings Trail, which offers an excellent riding experience for both standard and fat tire mountain bikes. My personal preference is to start the ride from the King’s Canyon side, climbing up NF-039 (aka King’s Canyon Rd) until you reach the marque, and then hop on to the single-track and ride it all the way to Ash Canyon. You get the climbing done early in the ride and then enjoy a long and very flowy descent back to Ash Canyon over one of the best trails in the region. The Clear Creek Trail is another favorite that sees a lot of traffic year-round. The official trailhead is at Jacks Valley School, but many trail users travel less than a half a mile west on Jacks Valley Road and park in the dirt lot on the north side of the road.

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The 10.5-mile trail has a gradual 5 percent grade, the first few miles of which tend to stay clear of snow in the winter due to exposure to the sun. There are a few sandy spots along the trail, which makes it particularly fun to ride on a fat bike. I have always enjoyed the spur that leads to Knob Point. It’s a great spot to stop and enjoy the views. From there, you have the option of continuing on another 3.5 miles to the end of the trail or simply making Knob Point your turnaround spot and heading back to the trailhead. Either way, it’s a fun ride on a fat bike. When the snow is deep, many fat bikers head to the V&T railtrail in north west Carson City. Located just off Comb’s Canyon Road, it’s easy to get to and has plenty of parking. The off-road portion of the trail is a short 3-mile round trip that has just the right amount of small hills to make it a really fun fat bike snow ride. When you wake up on a weekend to a fresh blanket of snow from an overnight storm, the V&T is the first place you want to take your fat bike.

For a complete list of biking trails, download the Visit Carson City app on any smart device. PHOTOS BY RICK GUNN

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