Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in a high-desert valley of northeastern Nevada, a lone trading post known as Eagle Station formed the early settlement of Carson City. In 1858, Abraham Curry purchased the property named for famous frontiersman and scout Christopher “Kit” Carson and set aside 10 acres for the predicted future territorial capital, which flourished after the discovery of gold and silver at the nearby Comstock Lode in Virginia City. In 1864, at the dawn of the Civil War, a 16,000-word telegram was sent to President Lincoln in Washington, D.C., declaring Nevada a state and Carson City as the permanent capital. Once known as “America’s smallest capital,” Carson City has persisted through a long, complicated, and mysterious history, which was celebrated during the city’s 150th birthday in 2008. Many wonderful reports and never-before-seen photographs came to light during the celebration and are shared here in Early Carson City.
Author Bio: Authors Susan J. Ballew and L. Trent Dolan write “Past Pages,” a daily column in the Nevada Appeal begun by their father, historian Bill Dolan, in 1947, which chronicles historic events of Carson City dating back 160 years. The photographs for this book are from private collections and the Carson City Historical Society.
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