Carson City

Carson City
a town in and the capital of Nevada, in the W part. 32,022.

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City (pop., 2000: 52,457), capital of Nevada, U.S. Located east of Lake Tahoe and south of Reno, it was settled in 1858 and later renamed for Kit Carson.

The discovery of silver in 1859 in the nearby Virginia City area stimulated Carson City's economy. The federal government established a mint at Carson City, which later became the Nevada State Museum. Carson City became the state capital in 1864 when Nevada gained statehood.

State Capitol, Carson City, Nev.

Donald Dondero

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 capital of Nevada, U.S., in Eagle Valley near the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada range (Sierra Nevada), 30 miles (48 km) south of Reno and 14 miles (23 km) east of Lake Tahoe. Founded in 1858 on the site of Eagle Station (later Eagle Ranch), it took its name from the nearby Carson River, which the explorer John C. Frémont (Frémont, John C), who explored the region in 1843–44, named for his scout, Christopher (“Kit”) Carson. The city was made the seat of Carson county, Utah Territory, on March 1, 1861, a day before the Territory of Nevada was created by the U.S. Congress; an enterprising citizen, Abraham Curry, had already deeded a 10-acre (4-hectare) plot for the construction of a capital. On November 25, 1861, Carson City became the territorial capital and on November 29 was made county seat of the newly designated Ormsby county. When Nevada became a state in 1864, Carson City became the seat of the new state government. In 1969 the city of Carson City and Ormsby county were consolidated to form one governmental unit called Carson City.

      Mormon agriculturists settling in the area influenced the city's development, as did wagon and stage routes over the nearby Sierra Nevada passes into California. In 1859 discovery of silver in the Virginia City area, 15 miles (24 km) northeast, rapidly stimulated Carson City's economy. At nearby Empire, on the Carson River, mills treated the ore of the Comstock Lode (one of the world's richest deposits), brought down from Virginia City by the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, which maintained extensive shops at Carson City. Along with the Comstock, the railroad declined and was abandoned in 1950. To coin the immense silver output of the Comstock, the federal government established a mint at Carson City, which later became the Nevada State Museum.

      Mining (copper and some silver) is still an economic factor. Livestock raising, tourism, government business, and legalized gambling are the economic mainstays. The Nevada State Capitol (1871) houses a collection of historic exhibits. Western Nevada Community College was established there in 1971. Inc. 1875. Pop. (1990) 40,443; (2000) 52,457.

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