June 22, 2009

Carson Street, Looking into the Past

One of the first photographs of Carson City Nevada was taken from the very center of town, at the corner of King and Carson Streets. Taken around 1864, it shows a young city that’s only about 6 years old but already has a couple of large hotels and saloons. The fence on the left enclosed the Plaza, where city founder Abe Curry set aside four blocks as the site of the future State Capitol. This was a bold move when the town had a dozen residents, but twelve years later Curry’s dream came true, and the Capitol still stands there today.

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