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arson City has so much to offer — and no one knows that better than the people who live, work and play here. That’s why we’ve featured business owners, artists, athletes — everyday superstars — in this publication. You can see the city through the eyes of those who know it best. Meet the man who led the effort to restore the clock in the historic Laxalt Building, the chefs creating exotic and eclectic cuisine, those working to preserve the area’s rich cultural heritage and the many other people engaged in the community and committed to making your stay the best it possibly can be. Whether you’re vacationing in Nevada’s capital city or staying here while you explore nearby attractions, like Reno or Lake Tahoe, we want to help you make the most of your experience. Carson City boasts a vibrant downtown featuring a variety of restaurants and an array of local stores offering everything from bicycles and knickknacks to handcrafted jewelry and antiques. Within the city limits is an impressive network of paved and unpaved trails to take advantage of our clean air and open spaces. Download the Visit Carson City app on your smart device for a complete list of places to eat, museums to visit, trails to hike and bike, places to shop and much more. We hope you feel at home during your stay and come to love this city as much as we do.

Joel Dunn

Carson City Visitors Bureau Executive Director

PARDON OUR DUST As part of the revitalization of Carson City’s downtown corridor, you will experience some road construction. Don’t worry. Detours are clearly marked with access to your favorite downtown businesses. For a complete list of the week’s street closures and an explanation of the project, go to

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ABOUT OUR COVER Mountain bikers enjoy the views and adventure of riding on the popular Flume Trail. See story on page 20.

table of contents HISTORIC CLOCK Restored clock chimes capital time.


BREWERY ARTS 10 Gina Hill returns to lead community arts center.

Photo by Cathleen Allison

MYSTICAL DINING 13 Downtown restaurant offers new take on old flavors.

BLUE LINE TRAIL 16 Walking trail highlights historic homes on Carson City’s west side. VIRTUAL HIKING 20 Global Trekker gives real-view tours of local trails. NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE 22 Teen preserves his family’s heritage through traditional arts and dance.

TRAIL RUNNING Physical therapists promote trail running.


GOLF 26 Courses offer innovative and standard ways to play the game. CALENDAR 29 Special events. LODGING 30 Motels, hotels and RV parks.


“ Fun train ride for young, old, and in between!” Two Historic Excursions Carson City-Virginia City Route: This all-day, fully-narrated excursion departs from Eastgate Depot and includes a fun stopover in historic Virginia City, where you can stroll the boardwalks and explore restaurants, shops, and saloons. A steam engine pulls vintage passenger cars though canyons, tunnels, and mining towns during a relaxing 24-mile roundtrip tour. May-October Saturdays, Sundays, and Select Fridays Virginia City-Gold Hill Route: This fully-narrated 4-mile roundtrip ride brings the 1870s Comstock Era to life. Passengers in open-air or closed cars are pulled by either diesel or steam engine, traveling around historic mines and mills and back to the depot in 35 minutes. May-October +\cif`mXYdUfhifYgXU]`m˜%$.'$Uahc(.$$da

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CLOCK KEEPS CAPITAL TIME Story by Teri Vance Photos by Cathleen Allison


very 15 minutes, the chimes in the Laxalt Building ring through downtown Carson City, marking the passage of time with a classical tune or a Beatles melody, even the state’s song, “Home Means Nevada.” But it hasn’t always been that way.

When Bill Hartman moved to Carson City in 1996, it seemed in a way that time stood still. “I noticed there was all this construction at the Laxalt Building,” he said. “But every time I drove by the clock, it was always the same time.” Built between 1889 and 1892, the building, 401 N. Carson St., was originally home to the federal courthouse, with the courtrooms and judges’ chambers still evident. It was later used as a post office and as the Nevada State Library. The clock, the ninth of 17 known clocks built by Bohemian immigrant Joseph Barborka, was installed in 1892. It kept time for nearly 100 years. When Hartman noticed it was no longer functioning, he approached state officials and offered to restore the piece of local history with fellow retired Navy officer Lee Carter, both of whom had a history in engineering. Upon entering the clock tower for the first time, Hartman said, they found the workings of the clock in a heap on the floor. They learned the clock had been disassembled in the 1980s as part of earthquake retrofitting after the Dixie Valley earthquake in 1954 broke some spires off the top of the building and caused damage to the clock. With no experience, they set about restoring the artifact to working order. “Engineers can just tinker around with stuff,” he said. And they resisted the urge to modernize it. “A lot of old clocks have been electrified,” he said. “I really didn’t want to do that. I wanted to keep it original.” Hartman estimates they invested about 100 hours to restore the clock works. The clock officially ticked back to life on June 10, 1999. ...continued on next page 2 0 1 6 • v i s i t c a r s o n c i t y. c o m


The walls of the clock tower bear the signatures of the original builders in 1889 along with other notable Nevadans who have visited over the years.


...from previous page But the work was not finished. Shortly after the restoration, a committee was formed to add a carillon, an automated mechanism that plays Westminster chimes, to the tower. Between Oct. 1 and Oct. 20 of that year, the community raised $11,000. With such a tight crunch before the Oct. 30 Nevada Day celebration, Hartman propped the speakers out of the window of the Laxalt Building. They played “Home Means Nevada,” as then-Gov. Kenny Guinn drove past, a tradition that continues today. The speakers have now been permanently mounted in an abandoned ventilator shaft on the main roof.

Bill Hartman, who led the effort to restore the historic clock, explains how the mechanism works.


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The Carson City Carillon and Clock Committee continues to meet quarterly, establishing the schedule for the chimes and conducting general business. The clock is wound weekly.

On a recent summer day, Hartman wound it. To get there, he takes an elevator — installed in the 1920s — to the fourth floor where he climbs a ladder — built in 1892 — up into the clock tower. With no ventilation, the tower is stifling hot. The exposed wooden walls bear the names of those who came before, including signatures from the original builders in 1889 and notable Nevadans including John Ascuaga. “If someone was to write up here now, it would be graffiti,” Hartman said. “But give it some time, and it’s historical stuff.” With the ease of routine, he turns the large wooden handle to wind the cable, which is anchored to a 75-pound weight that powers a 39.15-inch pendulum. He checks the clock’s time against a satellite clock he keeps in the tower, and makes a note in the meticulously kept logs. To him, all the work he’s put into it just makes sense. “The clock should be working,” he said. “It’s just as simple as that. Part of my mission is to make sure it never stops again.” ★

THE CLOCK FACES The three, 60-inch diameter dials are all a quarter-inch glass, frosted on the inside with hand-painted Roman numerals on the outside. On two of the dials (east and north), on pieces of a broken dial and in a photo of the building circa 1927 showing the west face, the 4 o’clock position is marked by IIII. The current west face dial is marked by the traditional IV. This, and the fact that the frosting and color of glass of the west face are slightly different from the other dials, indicates that the west face is a replacement. The dials are each back-illuminated by two electric light bulbs. The original source of lighting for the building was gas light.

The gears of the 1892 Joseph Barborka clock work in the tower of the Laxalt Building.

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Director returns to Brewery Arts Center, where her dance career began Story by Teri Vance Photos by Cathleen Allison


s a child, Gina Hill — then Gina Lopez — danced her way through Carson City.

“I’ve got pictures of myself dancing in the Black Box Theater.”

“It was all I ever knew, really,” she said.

Hill runs the multicultural art organization that encompasses two city blocks, has three performance facilities and two art galleries. It also offers classes, camps and artist services.

She was a regular in a floor show in a Mexican restaurant in the former Silver City Mall — where Lowe’s now stands. Earning her Screen Actors Guild card, she also starred in a McDonald’s commercial that ran annually. “It was one that kept coming back on,” she said. “I got the residual checks for 10 years.” It was that foundation, she said, which launched a ballet and jazz career that took her across the country and around the world. And, now — as the executive director of the Brewery Arts Center — she’s right back where she started. “I did shows here as a little kid,” Hill recalls.


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Regular shows, concerts and other productions are performed throughout the year. (For a list of upcoming shows, go to After graduation from Carson High School, Hill attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and began dancing professionally for local and industrial shows in Las Vegas her sophomore year. “It was the best way I knew to make a living,” she said. She went on to study at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City and the Giordano Dance Chicago, America’s original jazz dance company.

She danced overseas in Korea and Japan before returning to Reno where she served on the board of directors for the Area 51 Dance Theater. Hill taught choreography and jazz dance at University of Nevada, Reno and at Truckee Meadows Community College. She worked as the VIP manager for the Peppermill, then as special events director for the El Dorado — both resort casinos in Reno — where she oversaw celebrity golf tournaments and the annual Italian Festival. It was there she met Ian Hill, who was the food and beverage distribution manager at the same casino, in 2000. They married that same year and shortly thereafter moved back to her hometown where they are raising three children: Nia, 13, Nadia, 11 and Kian, 9. Ian also has a daughter, Kassie, 25.

Douglas and Marie-Elana Van Treeck, left, and Robert Parvin and Nancy Breedland dance to the Frank ‘n Dale Quintet at a Speakeasy Dance Party at the Brewery Arts Center in 2013.

Together, the couple started and operated a performing arts high school from 2001-2004 in Reno. She served as the executive director in 2004. She created a documentary in 2012, “Let Them Be Kids,” which has sold more than 10,000 copies across North America. “I used equipment from the Brewery Arts Center to make that,” Hill said. She was serving on the board of directors in September 2013 when the executive director was ousted. She was appointed interim director for six months before officially being hired. “I’ve been involved in the Brewery Arts Center in a number of different capacities,” Hill said. “As a child and as an adult, I participated in classes. I also served on the board of directors before stepping in to this position.” Since taking over, she said, she’s taken the center from nearly bankrupt to operating in the black. Plans for the future include a three-dimensional mural on the closed street between the main building and the Performance Hall and perhaps a music park feature larger-than-life instruments.

Director Gina Hill sits by the fire ring at the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City.

She said she has seen the community step up to support the center and is committed to ensuring its success.


“The Brewery Arts Center is so important for the community,” she said. “I know how much potential it has to really make a difference. I know first-hand the benefits the arts can bring to the community.

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Is there a live theater scene in Carson City?

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Phoenix Burke, 10, has been performing in theater, television and movies since he was 4 years old. “You gain confidence so you can talk to people,” he said. “It’s helped me in school because I’m not afraid to ask questions.” Active in Carson City’s Wild Horse Children’s Theater and the Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company, his favorite role was Toulouse from “The AristoCats.” “I just loved being a cat,” he said. Phoenix said it’s important for a community to have access to arts and culture.

Phoenix Burke appeared as Toulouse in the Wild Horse Children’s Theater production of “The AristoCats”.

“I like to give people the chance to come out and see a play,” he said. “They could come to one of mine for the first time to see if they like it or not.” And if you see Phoenix in one of his performances, you will not be disappointed.

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“If you’re playing a cat, you should act like a cat. You should be a cat,” he said. “I give it my all.” Check or download the Visit Carson City app on your smart device for a list of upcoming shows. ★


Linda McPeek serves lunch to Janet Goeringer and Joseph Perrin, of Ely, at Mystique Restaurant and Lounge in Carson City.



Mystique to old favorites Story by Teri Vance Photos by Cathleen Allison

he best way to describe the cuisine at Mystique Restaurant & Lounge in downtown Carson City is American nouveau, said executive chef David Stern.

“My whole philosophy is finding out what the guests are looking for,” he explained. “Then I take that and add a twist to it. I like to challenge everybody’s palate.” He does that by adding a touch of cinnamon with grated parmesan to his calamari, paired with a chipotle honey marinara. “It gives it a little bit of kick,” he said. “It can also be something as simple as adding wasabi to the mashed potatoes so it’s not just your standard mashed potato.” Yvette Barrett was looking for something new and interesting when she opened the restaurant in December 2015. “We use fresh, never frozen product,” she said. “We get our micro greens from Dayton. Cheese from Fallon. Potatoes and garlic from Washoe Valley.”

As such, the menu is always changing, depending on the ingredients in stock. “People can come in again and again, and there’s always something new,” Barrett said. Stern butchers all of the restaurant’s meat, even curing their own bacon. Fish is flown in fresh. Very little goes to waste — beet tops being utilized in side dishes, pork shoulder used in soups. “In three months, I don’t think I’ve ever thrown out a full trash can,” Stern said. “I don’t like freezers. There’s no need for a freezer.” Barrett grew up in South Lake Tahoe where she worked at Paul Kennedy’s Steakhouse. She moved to Douglas County in 1991 where she raised two children and ran a construction company with her ex-husband. She moved to Carson City five years ago where she returned to the restaurant industry. When a group of friends approached her about helping her finance her own business, she was grateful and motivated. ... continued on next page 2 0 1 6 • v i s i t c a r s o n c i t y. c o m




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“This has been a lifelong dream,” she said. She also wants to make her restaurant a part of the community. “We are a great spot for parties and meetings,” she said.

Yvette Barrett

They also feature live music and local art on loan from the nearby Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery. All of the work is for sale.

- YVETTE BARRETT, OWNER OF MYSTIQUE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE “We have a great staff,” Barrett said. “Customer service is our No. 1 priority.” She boasts an extensive yet affordable wine list. The restaurant hosts regular wine-pairing dinners, where guests are treated to six courses to go with six different wines. For dessert at the last pairing, Stern prepared an olive oil cake with a foie gras mousse and apricots. “It sounds so weird,” Barrett said. “But people loved it.” That, said Stern, is his primary motivation. “I do what I do because it makes people happy,” he said. ★

“There’s some really great paintings here,” she said. But for the main course, she went to Stern, a father of two who was educated at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and ran the kitchens at Reno favorites including SoDo and Charlie Palmer Steak.


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How accessible is fi nding a place to eat or drink while on a bike? “It couldn’t be easier,� said Danny Miller. “I love this town. After I come off of the mountain, there’s tons of places to grab a bite to eat.� During the summer months, Miller and his friends will sometimes ride their bikes from Living the Good Life on one end of downtown to the Firkin & Fox on the other, stopping for food and drinks along the way. “Between the two places, there’s a dozen stops,� he said. “It’s just great.� And there’s a wide selection. “Whether you’re hungry and you just want something to eat, or you just want something to drink, or if you want both, there’s a gazillion places,� he said. He just sees it getting better down the road. “I think with the redevelopment, it’s even going to be more inviting

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xplorer Kit Carson’s legacy is alive along the 2.5-mile walking path bearing his name. This path has 43 landmarks running through Carson City’s residential district. Take this map and explore the Blue Line Trail!

1. Nevada State Museum — Old Mint (1869) 600 N. Carson St. Over $449 million were coined here, 187092. (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) 412 N. Nevada St. Alfred Chartz, as a young news reporter, shot a man who impugned his editor’s honor. He was later pardoned and became an outstanding lawyer. 4. Curry House (1871) 406 N. Nevada St. A founding father of Carson City who held prominent titles such as: Warden and contractor for the Nevada Territorial Prison, territorial assemblyman, territorial Senator, Orsmby County Surveyor, and Superintendent of U.S. Mint. 5. Norcross House (1906) 412 N. Division St. Frank Norcross served 12 years in the Nevada Supreme Court and was one of three in the first graduating class from University of Nevada. 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.


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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. 10. Bliss Mansion (1879) 608 Elizabeth St. Duane L. Bliss built this house in 1879. Has 15 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 Ricky family (house to the south). Completed after 30 years of debate. 12. Bender House (1870) 707 W. Robinson St. Named for 1874 owner, an agent for the V&T Railroad (1866-1870). 13. Rickey House (1870) 512 North Mountain St. T.B. Rickey founded the State Bank and Trust Company. Mrs. Rickey waited until her husband was out of town before offering the property to the north for a Governor’s Mansion. The positive support from the community made it impossible for Mr. Rickey to renege on the donation. 14. Krebs-Peterson House (1914) 500 N. Mountain St. The Krebs-Peterson home was chosen to be the boarding house for John Wayne in his last days as a dying gunfighter 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. ..continued on next page

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...from previous page 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, Lucy Crowell, the daughter of Carson City newspaper editor, Sam Davis, purchased the house for $1,500. She worked as a secretary for the Nevada Supreme Court for 50 years. 18. St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church (1871) 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.


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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 experience, reached his destination and saved the mother and baby. 23. St. Peters (1867) 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 widely in the 19th century. 24. Schulz House (1874) 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 had three children. In 1879, he came with his family to Carson City, where he was the owner of the Stone Market. The house would remain in the Schulz family for 100 years. 25. Cohn House (1909-1910) 333 West Proctor St. The construction of Abe and Amy Cohn’s home began in October 1909. The house was built by the Carson Improvement Association, with Herbert Maxson acting as superintendent of construction. The building of the house was slowed by bad weather and it was not completed until late March 1910. 25a. Dat So La Lee Home-Cohn House 331 W. Proctor St. The Dat So La Lee house is a one-story cottage built around 1914. It is located to the east of Abe and Amy Cohn’s house. This was the home of Louisa Keyser, a Washoe Indian basket weaver, famed for her excellent basket work. Louisa Keyser was also known as 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 (1864).

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 W. 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) 214 King St. The house was built by Joseph Olcovich in 1874-1875. The Olcovich brothers were prominent members of the Jewish community and owned extensive commercial property in Carson. 30. E.D. Sweeney Building (1860) 102 S. Curry St. This is one of the earliest commercial buildings in Carson City, and one of the few brick buildings remaining from the city’s earliest years. The house was built in approximately 1859-1860 by builder Peter Cavanaugh, who also constructed the Nevada State Capitol in 1870. 31. Rinckel Mansion (1876) 102 N. Curry St. The Rinckel Mansion has been a setting for movies and served as a restaurant as well as a wedding chapel for a number of years. In 1941, Paramount Pictures used the Rinckel mansion as the backdrop in one of its scenes for the movie, “The Remarkable Andrew.” 32. Warren Engine Company (1863) 201 North Curry St. The structure was built in 1863 of locally quarried sandstone. The Warren Engine Company No. 1 was first organized at 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.

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Is the Historic Blue Line Trail an enjoyable walk? “It’s a beautiful walk,” said avid hiker and walker Donna Inversin. “It’s a great place to take visitors or just to walk around.” Inversin leads a series of community walks for Muscle Powered and the Carson City Parks and Recreation Department. The Blue Line Trail, classified as an easy walk, is a popular one. “We always get a good turnout, even people who have done it before,” she said. “There’s great tree cover and there’s almost always flowers in all the yards.” The trail, dotted with historical markers, is accompanied by a map or an audio version available on the Visit Carson City app on any smart device. The history, Inversin said, is a bonus to the trail itself. “I’ve always been a walker and a hiker all my life,” she said. “I do it for the exercise, and because it makes me feel good.” ★ 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) 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 single-room 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.


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Donna Inversin on the Blue Line Trail.

To see a list of walks and hikes planned, check the calendar at

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) 302 S. Carson St. Constructed in 1862, one of the first hotels in Carson City was also one of the state’s most elegant and became the main stage stop in Carson City. It consists of two utilitarian buildings, a two-story one on the south and a three-story one on the north, each with Italianate details. It was one of the most elegant hotels of the day. 39. Jacks Bar (1899) 408 South Carson St. Used as a convenient meeting spots, with a relaxing environment to conduct business, talk politics, or discuss community life in general. The proximity of Jack’s Bar to the offices 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, 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, was 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 architecture associated with the commercial development of the late 19th Century Carson City. It was common for furniture makers to also make coffins as a line of “furniture,” the Kitzmeyers began an undertaking business in building and eventually expanding to Virginia City and Gardnerville. 43. Paul Laxalt Building 401 N. Carson St. First federal office constructed in Nevada (1891). The Victorian-style building was designed by Mifflin E. Bell, a prominent 19th-century federal government architect who also was responsible for post offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Brooklyn, New York. As with many of his other structures, Bell included an unusual threefaced clock in a 106-foot tower on the Carson City building’s northwest corner. ★

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TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF CARSON CITY’S TRAILS Story by Teri Vance Photos by Cathleen Allison


isitors and residents alike can now virtually hike the trails in and around Carson City without ever going outside.

In a partnership with Google Trekker, the Carson City Visitors Bureau mapped 10 area trails using high-definition technology. “It gives you the same experience as the street view on Google but on trails,” said Kyle Horvath, social media manager for the bureau. “It was an honor that Google called us to be part of this project. It’s just a testament to us marketing ourselves as an outdoor community.” The trails — which include shorter trips such as Riverview Park and the Waterfall Trail to pieces of trail systems including the Tahoe Flume Trail — can be found at

Horvath recruited help from fellow visitors bureau employee James Salanoa and local hiking enthusiasts Joe Reinboldt, Richard Miller and Jeff Potter to carry the 40-pound pack over the trails. The backpack contained wifi and Google’s proprietary technology. A two-foot arm extending above the pack contained 14 cameras that captured 14 high-definition images in a 365-degree panorama every two seconds. “It was nice that we got some help from the community because that backpack was heavy,” Horvath said. He hopes the real-time view of the trails will encourage tourists to visit them. “It’s a great planning tool,” he said. “People can preview the trails to see if it’s something they’d want to do. Someone from Chicago could plan their outdoor adventures in Carson City via Google Earth.”



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It could also serve as a way for locals to see trails they haven’t had a chance to check out. “If you are physically incapable of hiking the trails, this is a highly detailed way to see it, especially the Ash to Kings Canyon Trail, which is

The scenic 14-mile Flume Trail overlooking Lake Tahoe is one of the trails featured in the Google Trekker project.

really our flagship trail.” he said. “You can still see all the amazing views. If you can’t physically be there, this is the next best thing.” Horvath said mapping local trails can be complicated as some cross into private or federal lands without the proper permissions in place. “We still have a lot of trails that are considered ‘social,’” he said. “As more of the trails get legitimized, we’re hoping we’ll get a second chance at it. We were able to get 10, and that doesn’t even scratch the surface. There’s just so much to map in Carson City.” ★

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Following his family’s example, John Rupert, 15, preserves the traditional arts of his Native American heritage.

DANCING in the steps of his ancestors Story by Teri Vance


s soon as John Rupert, 15, could walk, he started learning the traditional dances of his Native American forefathers.

“We have all my regalia in all different sizes,” said John, the son of a Washoe father and Paiute mother. “I think it’s cool. Not many people can say they go to powwows on the weekends.” While he learned his first steps from his father, Ben — who also fancy dances — John has since found his own groove. “When you go around to different powwows you see different styles,” he said. “You kind of take what they do and come up with your own moves.”


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Photo by Cathleen Allison

New technology helps to preserve the old ways. “I also look on YouTube to watch dancers,” he said. Ben said he has always emphasized that John cultivate his heritage while at the same time taking advantage of all the modern world has to offer. It’s advice John has taken to heart. Early in the season of his first year of high school, he was called up from running back on the freshman football team to varsity. He had a successful first run at wrestling. The same year, he offered the invocation at Gov. Brian Sandoval’s inauguration. He killed a


deer and an elk, giving the meat to family and friends. He and his father use all parts of the animal in the traditional arts — stretching the hides to make drums, using the bone for arrows and spear points, sinews for lashing bows and arrows. “It’s important to learn the traditional arts,” John said. “A lot of Native kids aren’t learning them and they’re kind of fading away.” Before going out on a hunt, the two take part in a traditional fast. At the harvest, they pray in gratitude. “Mother Earth is the one who provides the animals,” Ben said. “We teach John to also pray to Mother Earth. Mother Earth is a big part of our spiritual ways. We thank her along with the Creator.” They also bless the eagle feathers used in their regalia. “We are asking the spirit of the bird to travel with us, to become part of us when we’re dancing,” Ben explained. “For the eagle’s heartbeat to become our heartbeat.”

John also learns from his mother, Sherry, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, as well as Ben’s brothers Ted and Tobin and other tribal leaders. “He gets to have different perspectives of the spiritual things they have learned,” Ben said. John typically fares well at the powwows — including the Father’s Day Powwow at Stewart Indian School in Carson City —which are set up as dance competitions. However, his finishing place is of little importance. “What we’ve always instilled in John is it’s not about the competition,” Ben said. “You’re dancing because it’s in your heart. You love to dance. You’re dancing for the people who can’t dance.”★ To learn more about the Father’s Day Powwow or the history of the Stewart Indian School, go to

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aving just finished physical therapy school in 1994, Kevin Bigley and his thengirlfriend Tammie were having trouble finding good-paying jobs in Denver where they lived at the time.

raise their two daughters, Makaela, 17, and Logan, 14, in the capital city, he noticed many people didn’t even know about them.

They knew they wanted to live somewhere they could continue rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities. So they checked out the Sierra.

As a way to promote those trails, and the business at the same time, he started the Winter Trail Race Series seven years ago.

“We hooked up with some jobs out here and never left,” Bigley said. “We really fell in love with Carson City.” Married in 1995, they opened Ascent Physical Therapy in Carson City four years later. It was the ideal location to settle down and raise a family, he said. “You know Denver is known for being in the mountains, but you have to drive a ways to get there,” Bigley said. “Here in Carson, the mountains are right out your back door. After work it’s so easy to catch a trail and go for a run. Everything is accessible.” While the easy access to mountain trails is the main reason he and his wife run his business and


Photo by Cathleen Allison

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Those who did weren’t always taking advantage of them.

“We wanted to highlight the trails being developed in the area,” he said. “This was a good way to introduce people to them.” And it was a way to help people stay motivated to keep training over the winter months. “When there’s rain, wind and snow, it’s hard to get yourself out the door and get your mileage in,” he said. “It helps them train during the winter so they stay in shape and maintain a base for what they want to do in the spring and summer months.” The series — Be Bold, Train in the Cold — offers one race a month for five months and features trails such as C Hill, Centennial Park and Silver Saddle.



At the conclusion of the series of races — varying distances typically ranging from 5 to 10 kilometers — in March, Ascent Runs collaborates with local running clubs Silver State Striders and Tahoe Mountain Milers to host the half-marathon series Triple Trail Challenge. The first 13.1-mile race, Carson Canyons Half, sponsored by Ascent Runs, showcases the recently completed Ash to Kings Canyon Trail. The Escape from Prison Hill Half Marathon is in Carson City, and the final race, the Silver State Trail Half, is in Reno. Bigley says the trail runs are the perfect way to explore the wilds and get in some added benefits as well.

To learn more about the Winter Trail Race Series and Triple Trail Challenge, go to For a list of local hiking, running and mountain biking trails, download the

Visit Carson City app.

“We’re trying to help people get fit,” he said. “It fits into what we do as physical therapists.” ★


Why was Carson City chosen to be a part of the Epic Rides Off-Road Series? Nationally recognized mountain bike race Epic Rides is hosting the third event in the 2016 Epic Rides Off-Road Series in Carson City.

Todd Sadow

“Due to its proximity to the emerald blue waters of Lake Tahoe and its genuine Old West frontier charm as Nevada’s state capital, Carson City is the perfect place for the expansion of the Off-Road Series,” said Todd Sadow, Epic Rides president. “Not only has the city welcomed us with open arms, but the local mountain bike community has also been hard at work, building an amazing network of singletrack trails at the southern edge of the Sierra Nevada that connect to the Lake Tahoe basin.” Joining April’s Whiskey Off-Road in Prescott, Ariz., and May’s Grand Junction Off-Road in Grand Junction, Colo., the Carson City Off-Road is scheduled for June 17-19, offering a Pro Purse of $100,000 across all three events – the most significant cross-country mountain bike purse worldwide.

The race features three graduated distance course offerings, from professional to amateur, including the recently opened Ash to Kings Trail along west Carson City. ★ 2 0 1 6 • v i s i t c a r s o n c i t y. c o m



Getting a


out of

GOLF Story by Guy Clifton


“Nike Wedge” — that sometimes-used practice of kicking a golf ball to improve a lie — might be frowned upon in the regular sport of golf, but in FootGolf, a hearty kick of the ball is part of the game. FootGolf is exactly what the name implies — a version of the sport where a regulation soccer ball replaces the golf ball and players use their feet instead of golf clubs to play to a hole with a 21inch cup. It’s fast-paced, fun and challenging. And it is growing in popularity, including in Carson City where players flock to Silver Oak Golf Course to test their skills. “It was an activity that was requested by the public,” said Terrie McNutt of Silver Oak Golf Course. “FootGolf is a growing sport across the United States with a lot of golf courses adding FootGolf courses. There are currently 12,000 courses that are certified FootGolf Courses, and we are one of them that have been certified by the FootGolf Commission. We started getting requests from our guests about three years ago to look into it so we could host tournaments, so we


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Photo by Lisa Tolda

did. We saw a niche for it, so we put it in and its turning out wonderful.” Silver Oak has an 18-hole FootGolf Course on the back nine holes of its regular golf course. The FootGolf tee boxes and greens are on the sides of the traditional holes, with two FootGolf holes on each of the nine traditional holes. “Our FootGolfers intermix with the traditional golfers,” McNutt said. “They have regular tee times, just like the golfers. They play in foursomes, but can come out in pairs or just as a single, just like golfers can.” Like regular golf, each of the FootGolf holes is given a par rating depending upon length. The player who gets through the course with the fewest amount of strokes is the winner. FootGolf players say there are many similarities between the games and that FootGolf is every bit as challenging as the regular game. “There’s definitely a separate skill set, but they’re both challenging in their own right,” said Will Critcher, 28, of Carson City. “The hole is

larger and the ball is larger, but you’re still dealing with similar factors like the wind, hazards and whatnot.” The major difference with FootGolf is it doesn’t require any additional equipment beyond a regulation soccer ball. Instead of knowing what club to use during a traditional round of golf, the FootGolfers use their legs and judgement for each shot. “You can do it with not a lot of money invested,” McNutt said. “A lot of our guests just wear regular shoes. Some of them wear turf shoes. You can bring your own soccer ball or you can check one out at the pro shop. That’s all you need.” At Silver Oak, the greens fees for FootGolf range from $7 to $17 for 18 holes depending on age, cart, season and other factors. In general, FootGolf attracts a younger crowd than the traditional game, making it a family opportunity for many players. The parents come to the course and play traditional golf while the youngsters can partake in a round of FootGolf. Brad Bancroft, 27, of Dayton, grew up playing both golf and soccer. He combines both skills playing FootGolf.

Organizer Gregg Swift demonstrates disc golf on a proposed course east of Carson City.

DISC GOLF COURSE PLANNED Along with a group of designers and advocates, Gregg Swift is working to create a disc golf course, where the brush, trees, rocks and sand will serve as ready-made obstacles. “It’s great recreation,” he said. “One of the biggest draws is that it is very inexpensive. You just buy a couple of discs and come out and throw. It’s not like going to a golf course and having to get a tee time.” The premise of disc golf is similar to traditional golf, attempting to complete the course in the fewest strokes — or throws — possible.

“I think it’s becoming more and more popular,” he said. “I see quite a few people playing it now, and it’s probably just going to keep growing as more people find out about it and know that we have a course here.”

“Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc,” according to the Professional Disc Golf Association. “A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target which is the ‘hole.’ As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed.”

The sport has also been good for bringing visitors to the area, McNutt said.

Elevated metal baskets will serve as “holes” on the new disc golf course.

“We get a lot of guests coming in from the Sacramento area,” she said. “It’s good for families, it’s good for business and it’s a lot of fun. It’s a win-win for everyone.” ★

The group also needs to build a parking lot for the courses. In total, Swift said, it will cost $1,000 per hole to complete. Businesses and individuals can sponsor a hole entirely or partially. ★

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The courses offer a variety of challenging layouts at a great value. Noted designers, architects and professional golfers are affiliated with the courses including Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, John Harbottle III and Peter Jacobsen. There are 171 holes to play and more than 70,000 yards of high desert, open valley golf with meandering rivers and creeks, sagebrush lined fairways and elevation changes along with the spectacular natural beauty of the area. The Divine 9 courses have transformed the area into the capital of year-round golf destinations. ★

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