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elcome to Carson City! There is so much to do and see during your visit here. We are especially proud of our burgeoning arts and

culture scene here in the capital city.

array of restaurants, offering a variety of original cuisine. The trails in and around the city are works of art in and of themselves, showing off some of the most breathtaking views in the area. There are trails designed

We hope you will take the time to check out our

for the casual walker, the avid hiker and even professional

public art piece “Inside the Mind of Da Vinci” on display in

mountain bikers as the city hosts the annual Carson City

front of the Carson City Community Center, 851 N. Carson

Off-Road bike race.

St. The 10-by-23-foot cement sculpture of Leonardo Da

For a complete list of restaurants, trails or

Vinci weighs close to seven tons and allows the visitor to

other activities available in the city, download the

walk inside the head of the inventor and view his works.

VisitCarsonCity app on your smart device or stop in

Carson City artist Mischell Riley first debuted the artwork at Burning Man. Check out the many murals painted on the walls of business and public buildings throughout the city. Find

the Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority, 716 N. Carson St., and we’ll help you out. Thank you for coming! We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay.

the complete list at visitcarsoncity.com. You can visit the city’s art galleries and shops by taking the art walk found on page 10. The walk leads art lovers on a self-guided tour through downtown Carson City. You’ll run into artists almost anywhere you go. Some of our most creative minds can be found inside the city’s 2018 • VISITCARSONCITY.COM




3 WELCOME 6 STEWART INDIAN SCHOOL The Indian boarding school, which

ran from 1890-1980, is being renovated to restore customs and traditions.


Things to do and see in the capital city.

24 DUE SORELLA Vintage store deals in nostalgia,

friendships and beloved items.



Take a self-guided tour of art galleries and shops in downtown Carson City.

College’s outreach coordinator relies on own experience to help Latinos flourish in education.



Carson City man builds custom bows in a career spanning six decades.


Love of the outdoors leads couple to find love on and off trails


Explore the city’s historic district on this 2.5-mile walk.

2018 Arts & Culture edition of the Carson City Visitors Guide was created by Nevada Momentum for the Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority. It is an advertising supplement published by the Nevada Appeal. WRITER/EDITOR


Teri Vance PHOTOGRAPHY Cathleen Allison Kevin Clifford Lance Iversen


On the cover: Dancers with the Ballet Folkloricó International, from Reno, perform at the Posada Celebration at Western Nevada College in Carson City.





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Historic photo from the Stewart Indian School shows the early days at the school, which operated from 1890 to 1980.

Bringing life, legacy back to Indian school By Teri Vance


hen children arrived at Stewart Indian School during its initial years, they were no longer allowed to speak their own languages, sing their own songs or dance their own dances. Traditional arts were forbidden. Students were forced to wear uniforms. “There was no one to tell you they loved you, to care about you, to ask how your day went,” said 6


Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission. “That bonding piece with your families was missing. There was a real loss of nurture.” That sense of loss has echoed throughout the decades as old school grounds fell into disrepair, with several of the old stone buildings being boarded up. Work is beginning on a project to restore the campus and to create a Welcome and Cultural Center,

including a museum and art display. “It’s important we don’t just stop at the hurting,” Rupert said. “In preserving the school, we want to talk about the perseverance of our people and about our future.” The Nevada Legislature approved Gov. Brian Sandoval’s request for $4.6 million to begin renovations of several of the school’s historic stone structures. A blessing ceremony will kick off

construction in May 2018 with completion anticipated by early 2019. “I don’t know any other project in the nation for a native cultural heritage project that is funded at that level by a state,” Rupert said. “We so appreciate the governor’s dedication to this project.” Stewart Indian School opened in 1890 on the southern outskirts of Carson City as one of the first of hundreds of boarding schools set

“It’s important we don’t just stop at the hurting. In preserving the school, we want to talk about the perseverance of our people and about our future.” — SHERRY RUPERT up around the nation. Visitors were not allowed. “The students’ parents would camp on the opposite side of Clear Creek,” explained Rupert. “They couldn’t

cross the creek. They couldn’t see their children. They couldn’t talk to their children, but they wanted to be near them.” That separation was by design, as the government-run schools targeted children of chiefs, medicine men and other tribal leaders. “If you could remove Indian children from their people and immerse them in a different language and culture, they would grow up to be leaders of the tribe,” Rupert explained. “When they did so, the government could more easily get the land from the tribes.” Initially, the school served kindergarten through eighth grades, with some children as young as 4 attending.

A drawing on the wall inside one of the dormitories of the Stewart Indian School. It is one of several pieces of art from unknown artists. This historic building on the Stewart Indian School campus will be renovated to house the planned cultural center.





he first students were Washoe, Paiute and Shoshone. It later became a high school and,

through its evolution through 1980, a school students chose to attend rather than being compelled. “Students continued to attend

because they saw it as an opportunity

for Native Americans,” Rupert said. “They were allowed more experiences

than at traditional schools. They could be cheerleaders or football players.” Through its 90 years of operation, thousands of American Indian students were educated in the stone

Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, talks about renovations coming to the Stewart Indian School campus. Her office is inside the school’s old administration building.

buildings on the 110-acre campus. Rupert said when alumni return,

they often have mixed reactions. “Each one has their own experience and their own memories,” Rupert said. “Some are positive, some are not. When students come back to the school after decades, some remember the loneliness and hard times. Others have this feeling of coming home.” Rupert said she would like to see performances return to the theater, and the gymnasium restored. Eventually, the campus could be a center for Native American traditions and language classes. “We want to bring back to this campus everything that was taken from us,” Rupert said. Stewart Indian School stewartindianschool.com

Student curriculum at Stewart Indian School included classes in reading, writing and arithmetic but focused on vocational training in various trades, agriculture and the service industry. Classes offered for boys included ranching and farming, mechanics, woodworking, painting and carpentry. Girls attended classes in baking, cooking, sewing, laundry and practical nursing.



The Stewart Braves had a strong athletic program. Boys basketball won the state championship in 1966 and played in the state competition in the 1930s. The boxing program, housed in the gym dubbed Moccasin Square Garden, was also well recognized.

While attendance at Stewart Indian School started out as a militaristic-style discipline with students forced to abandon their heritage, it evolved into a choice school that had a waiting list in the 1970s.

Visitors can now take a self-guided tour of the campus, listening to audio from former students and staff. Go to stewartindianschool.com for details. The Stewart Father’s Day Powwow is also hosted at the school annually.

Stewart Indian School opened for kindergarten through eighth grade, with students as young as 4 attending.



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LAYCIE CORLEY Art director for Roska Entertainment “I realized at a young age that art has a magnificent ability to bring together people of every walk of life, as both creators and spectators,” says Laycie Corley, art director for Roska Entertainment. “An artist and an admirer may not have anything in common, yet are able to share a connection through artwork.” That connection is the lifeblood of Roska, an entertainment company that organizes artfocused events showcasing painters, writers, electronic music DJs, poets, woodworkers, folk musicians, photographers, sculptors, jewelers, culinary artists, graphic designers and more. “I’ve always wanted to be able to provide a space for artists, young and old, to share their talents,” she said.

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The Carson City Art Walk, developed through the Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority, leads art lovers on a self-guided tour. It features galleries, museums and murals all located within walking distance of downtown. For more information, go to visitcarsoncity.com, download the Visit Carson City app or pick up a brochure at the Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority, 716 N. Carson St .



Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery 405 N. Nevada St. 775.885.2787 Tues-Sat 10:30-5PM www.artsyfartsyartgallery.com

Carson City Culture & Tourism Authority 716 N. Carson St., 1st Floor Mon-Sat 9-6PM 775.687.7410 www.visitcarsoncity.com

Capital City Arts Initiative 885 E. Musser St. - Courthouse Gallery Mon-Fri 8-5PM 851 E. Williams St. - Sierra Room During Public Meetings/By appointment 108 E. Proctor St. - BRIC Gallery Mon-Fri 8-12PM / 1PM-4PM 775.721.7424 www.arts-initiative.org

Charlie B Gallery 114 W. Telegraph St. 775.575.7333 Tues-Sat 11-6PM www.charliebgallery.com

Carson City Art Gallery and Pottery 110 S. Curry St. 775.313.8628 Tues-Sat 11-5:30PM Carson City Fire Museum 777 S. Stewart St. 775.887.2210 Mon-Fri 8-5PM www.carsoncityfiremuseum.com

Children‘s Museum of Northern Nevada 813 N. Carson St. 775.884.2226 All week 10-430PM www.cmnn.org Comma Coffee’s Backseat Gallery 312 S. Carson St. 775.883.2662 Mon-Sat 7-8PM www.commacoffee.com Ogres-Holm Pottery 1308 S Stewart St. (inside the Carson Mall) 775.461.3616 Mon-Sat 10-6PM www.ogresholmpottery.com

Nevada Artist Association Gallery At the Brewery Art Center 449 W. King St. 775.882.6411 Tues-Sat 10-4PM www.nevadaartists.org Nevada Art Council’s OXS Gallery 716 N. Carson St., 2nd Floor 775.687.6680 Mon-Fri 8-5PM www.nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil Nevada State Capitol Museum 101 N. Carson St. 775.687.4810 Mon- Fri 8-5PM www.carson.org/residents/history/ nevada-state-capitol Nevada State Legislature’s LXS Gallery 401 S. Carson St. 775.684.6800 Mon-Fri 8-5PM www.leg.state.nv.us Nevada State Museum 600 N. Carson St. 775.687.4810 Tues-Sun 830-430PM www.nvculture.org/museums Nevada State Railroad Museum 2180 S. Carson St. 775.687.6953 Thurs-Mon 9-430PM www.nvculture.org/museums

RHONDA ABEND Carson City Classic Cinema Club Sure, you can watch classic movies at home on your television. Or you can join Rhonda Abend and the Carson City Classic Cinema Club at the Brewery Arts Center for an evening to see a great old movie on a big screen and talk about it with fellow film-lovers. “There’s something unique about seeing a classic film in a movie setting,” says Abend, the club’s director. “You’ve got that communal setting.” There’s more to it than celluloid and flickering lights, though. The club is a result of Abend’s desire to help Carson City students experience and create their own art.


Stewart Indian School 5500 Snyder Ave. 775.687.8333 Self-Guided Tours www.nvculture.org/indiancommission Western Nevada College Bristlecone Building Art Gallery 2201 W. College Parkway Mon-Fri 7-9PM 775.445.3000 www.wnc.edu/arts/gallery-carson MURALS Strings of Imagination, 2017 Artist: Bryce Chisholm Brewery Arts Center Viewable from S. Minnesota Street between W. King St. & W. 2nd St. Home Means Nevada, 2016 Artist: Erik Burke Mc Donald’s Viewable from E. Winnie Lane at N. Carson St. Visual Growth, 2016 Artist: Erik Burke Bike Smith Viewable from N. Curry St. & W. Ann St. Battle Born, 2017 Artist: Abner Rivera Sierra Podiatry Center Viewable from N. Carson & Bath St. Sunset Tree, 2016 Artist: Mauricio Sandoval Champagne Beauty Bar Viewable from W. Telegraph between N. Carson St. & N. Curry St.

MICHAEL ROBBINS Hanifin’s Arts & Antiques 210 N. Carson St. “I believe that art replenishes the soul,” says Michael Robbins, owner of Hanifin’s Arts & Antiques, 10,000 square feet crammed with European and American antiques. “If you can find art in nature and man-made objects you can find a peace of mind. Art is music, art and antiques. There is a comfort in discovering art.” From a stroll around the historic buildings of the neighborhood to the search for just the right piece of fine furniture to take home, it’s a journey for peace of mind. “We need art here to find love,” he reminds us.





Bowyer hits bullseye with career spanning six decades By Teri Vance



“You learn something new all the time. When you stop learning, you aren’t worth a darn.” — TIM MEIGS

Historic photo of Tim Meigs in his Mound House archery shop.


ver his more-than-60-year career as a custom bow maker, or bowyer, Tim Meigs, 89, made more than 9,000 custom bows for archers around the world. He ended his career at the top of his field, but he got off to an inauspicious start. “The day after Pearl Harbor, my brother joined the Navy,” Meigs recalled. “I borrowed his bow and took off on my bicycle.” The bow got tangled up in the spokes, sending the boy head over tea kettle and breaking the bow. “My parents made me replace the bow,” he said. “I saved the money from my paper route for two months to get the $7.50 to buy a new bow. “I’ve been shooting ever since.” He’s been making bows nearly as long, making his first bow as a 15-year-old in 1943 and becoming a professional bowyer in 1954. He retired last year from Meigs Archery, a business he ran in Carson City since moving there from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1972. He moved it to Mound House from 1986 to 2017. In “The Traditional Bowyers Encyclopedia,” Dan Bertalan wrote about Meigs’ approach to his craft.





e tosses his lanky, 6-foot-plus frame into his work, pausing only long enough to retrieve or replace a template or file before jumping back into his task,” Bertalan wrote. “There’s nothing casual about his bowmaking. Engrossed in each exacting step like a surgeon, white dust mask in place. Tim peers from behind his horn-rimmed glasses, eyes locked on the band saw incision and his oversized ears listening for the right hum on the feather sander.” After high school, Meigs was drafted into the Army, where he won the Virginia State Archery Championship in 1952. He continued bringing home the trophies in both Nevada and California and was inducted into the California Bowhunters and State Archery Hall of Fame in 2004. He tested his skills in the wild as well, harvesting some kind of game every year since 1943. “I hunted with Tim numerous times, and anytime he drew back on an animal, I would be reaching for my skinning knife,” said Mitch Sowl, former employee and hunting buddy, who bought the business from Meigs. “He was that good.” Sowl has submitted Meigs, along with his wife, Fern, for consideration to be inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame. Meigs met Fern in an archery club and they were married in 1956. Together, they started the Carson City archery club, Clear Creek Bowmen. She helped in the business by making arrows, bow strings and wrapping leather handles on the bows before her death in 1993. “If anyone was ever one with an arrow, it was Fern,” Sowl wrote. “She was one of the most natural, fluent archers I have ever seen. Fern consistently scored higher than all of her competition — and most of all of the men — in the traditional class.” Meigs imported wood from around the world, including, Africa, South America and Japan, to make his bows. He was looking for just the right qualities. “The wood had to be flexible and strong,” he said. They’re the same qualities he values in a person. “You learn something new all the time,” he said. “When you stop learning, you aren’t worth a darn.”



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1. Nevada State Museum ­­—Old Mint (1869)

10. Bliss Mansion (1879)

600 N. Carson St. Over $49 million was 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)

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

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 office 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,



HISTORY 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

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. Peter’s (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


331 W. Proctor St. The Dat So La Lee house is a one-story cottage built


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

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

to give Carson City a real fire department met enthusiastic support from their fellow townspeople and collected $2,000 following the meeting.

33. Hyman Olcovich (1876) 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 of Fourth and Carson St.

34. Brougher Bath Mansion (1903-1904) 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)

40. Capitol Complex

100 N. Carson St. Designed as part of the State Capitol complex

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

(formerly Ormsby County) courts until 1999. It is currently the Nevada

the Supreme Court Building. Complex features a Kit Carson statue and

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

State Capitol Building, Library and Archives, Legislative Building 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.

36. Former Nevada Supreme Court (1936)

41. Nevada State Capitol (1870-1871)

198 N. Carson St. Designed by architect Frederic DeLongchamps

101 N. Carson St. When the ambitious founders of Carson City laid

quarters in the Capitol, DeLongchamps was awarded the

new state to follow. Ten acres, known as the Plaza, were set aside in

(1882-1969). When the Supreme Court had outgrown its singleroom 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).

38. St. Charles-Muller Hotel (1862)

out the town in 1858, they had dreams of a new territory, and then a 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

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

architecture associated with the commercial development of the

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

to also make coffins as a line of “furniture,” the Kitzmeyers began

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

Virginia City and Gardnerville.

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

late 19th Century Carson City. It was common for furniture makers

a two-story one on the south and a three-story one on the north, each

an undertaking business in the building and eventually expanding to

day. (1862)

43. Paul Laxalt Building

39. Jack’s Bar (1899)

401 N. Carson St. First federal office constructed in Nevada (1891).

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

The Victorian-style building was designed by Mifflin E. Bell, a

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

responsible for post offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Brooklyn,

political affairs. The bar has served as the site of informal meetings

unusual three-faced clock in a 106-foot tower on the Carson City

relaxing environment to conduct business, talk politics, or discuss

prominent 19th-century federal government architect who also was

of state government has resulted in its playing a very particular role in

New York. As with many of his other structures, Bell included an

and caucuses that have had an effect on the political history of

building’s northwest corner.

the state.




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2018ANNUAL 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 Carson City Off-Road

Outlaw Flat Trac Races

— June

— August


Nevada Day Parade

— June & October

— October

Fathers Day Powwow

Polar Express Train Ride

— June

— November & December

Rockabilly Riot

Christmas Tree Lighting at the Capitol

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Extreme Motor Officer Training Challenge

— December

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Capital City Brewfest — June

Carson City Fair — July

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Loved and tattered welcome at Due Sorella By Teri Vance

Julie Grady, owner of Due Sorella, says walking into her store every morning is like walking into heaven.


n a chalkboard outside her store — Due Sorella — Julie Grady has written the words, “Tattered, Repurposed, Loved.” “If it’s perfect, I don’t want it,” she explained. “It has no character. It’s not interesting.” And for Grady, it is important to surround herself with items that interest her. “I buy what I love,” she said. “That is the way I run the shop. Every day I open the front door, I’m in heaven.” Grady opened Due Sorella, meaning “Two Sisters,” in Italian in



April 2006. It is similar to the store, Morning Glory Cottage Furnishings, she ran in North Lake Tahoe 18 years ago. “I still have customers who come down and shop from me,” she said. “I love it. I absolutely love it.” The customers are drawn to the way the vintage store makes them feel.  “People see things and say, ‘My mother had this, or I used to eat off of that,’” she said. “That familiarity brings a lot of comfort to people.” More than just the items for sale, the store is attractive for its textures,

scents and sounds. “I always make sure good music is on,” Grady said. “I play a lot of the standards, a lot of Frank Sinatra.” Grady offers design and decorating classes throughout the year.  Grady likes the redesign of downtown Carson City and is confident customers will find their way to her store. “I think people who want to get off the grid will still go downtown,” she said. “In fact, I think it will help our business.” The shop is an old 1914 Sears,

“If it’s perfect, I don’t want it. It has no character. It’s not interesting.” — JULIE GRADY

Roebuck and Company house that was built for around $2,000. It was shipped by train from the East Coast and erected by a local contractor. Over the years, Grady has heard strange noises, particularly coming from the stairs that lead to the basement. She had a paranormal expert come in for a reading.  “She identified a little boy named Ricky who jumps on the basement stairs,” Grady said. “He’s a prankster. It scared me the first time. I just yell at him now, tell him to knock it off.” Due Sorella’s vibe spills from the store itself onto the front porch and yard, where customers often gather for lunch or conversation. “We try to use our porch as much as we can. It’s kind of a gathering place for everyone,” she said. “It’s a good support place. We don’t judge you, and whatever you say here stays here.”

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Julie Grady, center, owner of Due Sorella, hosts lunches on the front porch of her store, which is a historic 1914 home.




Lupe Ramirez, Western Nevada College’s Latino outreach coordinator, leads students through the process of enrolling in and completing college.

Leading students by her example By Teri Vance


t is not unusual for Lupe Ramirez, Western Nevada College’s Latino outreach coordinator, to see her students out and about on the weekends at quinceañeras and other events. While some educators may be uncomfortable in a similar situation, Ramirez welcomes it.  “I want them to see that we are the same,” she said. “I go home and eat beans just like you guys do. It’s OK for us to be part of both cultures.” As Ramirez leads students


through the process of enrolling in and completing college, she knows the challenges they face. For most, they grew up speaking Spanish and still do at home. Their parents don’t understand the education system and sometimes don’t make it a priority. Working often takes precedence.  “Most students at least have a part-time job, and that’s our biggest barrier in retention,” she explained. “Working is important to the culture, and sometimes


they’re supporting their parents. It’s hard for us here at the institution to convince them that education is the best choice to prepare them for a better future.” It’s a challenge she’s had to overcome herself. Ramirez moved with her parents and three sisters from Huejuquilla, Jalisco in Mexico to the United States when she was 13.  “I did not speak English at all,” she said. “We had a very difficult transition.”

Her father worked on a

ranch in Topaz and she attended school in Coleville, Calif. “There was no English-asa-second-language program, so

they gave us flashcards to learn from sitting in the back of the Spanish class,” she recalled.

“After we started feeling confident with the language, we

transferred into regular classes.” Upon graduation in 1983, she considered attending classes at Western Nevada College. “My father was old school,

very protective,” Ramirez said. “He told me, ‘Mija, it’s too far.’” So she got a job waiting tables in Walker, where she met her husband, Roberto, a year later and moved with him to Carson City, where she got another waitress job at El

Charro Avitia. At the same time, she enrolled in English and typing classes at the college. A part-time receptionist job at the college led to a full-time position in the typing pool. She continued working part-time as a waitress and taking classes. “I just loaded myself up with work and school,” she said. “I liked that education was providing me different opportunities.” She moved through different departments, transitioning to student services 10 years ago as an assistant to the dean. She was given the assignment then to reach out to the Latino population.  “The president at the time had the concern that our students were not graduating,” Ramirez recalled. “She challenged us to come up

with a support system for the population.” From there, the Latino

Cohort was born in 2010, with Ramirez at the helm and being named the Administrative Faculty of the Year in 2016.

“I am passionate about helping our first-generation students commit to an education plan,” — LUPE RAMIREZ

Students enrolled in the cohort

take classes as a group and often volunteer in the community together. “I am passionate about

helping our first-generation students commit to an

education plan,” she said. “I

feel that is the only way we’re going to make a difference. We

want to prepare them with an education so they can be leaders in our community.” Along the way, Ramirez has continued pursuing her own education, earning an

associate’s degree in business from the college. She will graduate in December with a degree in business management from Western Governor’s University. “It has been a long journey, but I have to lead by example if I am going to be respected by my peers and students,” she said.  Ramirez dresses up for the Day of the Dead celebration, a traditional holiday in Mexican culture.




Couple finds


on the trail By Teri Vance

Johanna Foster and Larry Marinel walk with their dog, Buddy, in east Carson City. The two met on guided hikes hosted by Muscle Powered and were married in October 2017.


ne of the first things Johanna Foster did when moving back to Carson City to take care of her mother after retiring as an ecology professor in the Midwest was to join Muscle Powered, the advocacy group to create a more walkable and bikeable community. Specifically, she attended every guided hike on Thursday evenings.  She so enjoyed the hikes that she hardly noticed when a stranger showed up in February. Larry Marinel, 65, had just lost his wife the prior month and was looking for a way to get active and meet new people at the same time.  As the two continued to show up every



week, they started to take note of one another. “Jo would always stop and identify the local plants that were growing by the trail,” he said. “I would stop and listen to what she had to say.” Jo, 61, remembers it the same way. “Bless his heart, I would say, ‘Look, here’s an aster,’” she recalled. “He would stop to take a picture when everyone else would just kind of walk on.” But his kindness wasn’t all that caught her eye.  “He looked pretty cute,” she said. “I like the hat he wears when he’s hiking.”

While Larry valued his growing friendship with Jo, his feelings started to change as they spent more time together. That June, they attended a few events off trail. They took a CPR class, went to a meeting of the Leisure Hour Club. When she invited him to attend a Contra dance class with her, he felt something new.  “That was the moment for me,” Larry said. “Just the look in her eyes when she was dancing. It definitely elevated her from friend status. I knew I was very interested.” It had been nearly 20 years since Jo’s divorce and 40 years since Larry had been on a date.

“I thought Larry was pretty special, but I just couldn’t believe he asked me out on a date.” — JO FOSTER

Neither one was comfortable making the first move.

“Figuratively, we were orbiting each other for a while,” Jo explained. “Being polite.” In late June, Larry finally asked her out. He invited her to an outdoor summer concert in downtown Carson City.

“When I hung up, I thought, I can’t believe it,” Jo said. “A man asked me out on a date. I hadn’t been on a date in a long time. I thought Larry was

pretty special, but I just couldn’t believe

he asked me out on a date.” For Jo, the attraction had built slowly over time. “It wasn’t just a moment,” she said. “By the time I asked him to go to the Contra dance, I knew I was interested. Whenever we were on the hikes,

wherever he was is where I wanted

to be.”

They made sure they would always be at one another’s sides when they married Oct. 21, 2017, in a backyard ceremony. As a wedding gift, trail builder Jeff

Potter and his wife, Amy, gave the couple each a McLeod tool used for building trails, as they train to become certified crew leaders. Muscle Powered presented them the sign-in log from that first hike.  Their names are right next to each other.

For More Information

Learn more about Muscle Powered and the schedule of guided walks, hikes and bike rides at musclepowered.org.

Johanna Foster and Larry Marinel with the McLeod trail-building tools gifted to them at their wedding.




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Carson Inn 1930 N. Carson St. 775-461-3274

Wyndham Garden Hotel Max Casino 900 S. Carson St. 775-883-0900

Mill House Motel 3251 S. Carson St. 775-882-2715

Carson Tahoe Hotel 800 N. Carson St. 775-882-5535 Courtyard by Marriott 3870 S. Carson St. 775-887-9900 Days Inn 3103 N. Carson St. 775-461-3701 Gold Dust West Hotel 2171 Hwy 50 E. 775-885-9000 Hampton Inn & Suites 10 Hospitality Way 775-885-8800 Hardman House 917 N. Carson St. 775-882-7744 Holiday Inn Express & Suites 4055 N. Carson St. Phone: 775-283-4055 Motel 6 2749 S. Carson St. 775-885-7710 Plaza Hotel & Conference Center 801 S. Carson St. 775-883-9500

Nugget Motel 651 N. Stewart St. 775-882-7711 Nugget Inn 555 N. Stewart St. 775-882-7711

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Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority Winter Visitors Guide 2018  

Carson City, NV sits in the center of one of the most scenic and historic areas in the country, making it a perfect starting point for your...

Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority Winter Visitors Guide 2018  

Carson City, NV sits in the center of one of the most scenic and historic areas in the country, making it a perfect starting point for your...