~ Carson City, Nevada
and Lake Tahoe ~

The Consolidated Municipality of Carson City is the capital of the state of Nevada. The population was 55,274 at the 2010 census. The Capitol Complex is situated on a ten-acre plot designated to be left open in the center of the city by Abraham Curry, who envisioned Carson City to be the capitol at some future date. True to Curry's prediction, and largely because of his shrewd maneuvers, Carson City became the capital of the Nevada Territory.

In 1969, Ormsby County was officially dissolved and Carson City took over all municipal services with an independent city status. With this consolidation, Carson City absorbed former town sites such as Empire City, which had grown up in the 1860s as a milling center along the Carson River and current US 50. Carson City could now advertise itself as one of America's largest state capitals with its 146 square miles of city limits.

Size isn't everything.

Carson City

The Nevada Legislative Building side and three-quarter views

Front entrance

Capitol garden

Across the street is the St. Charles Hotel and the Firkin and Fox watering hole and restaurant.

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, once the Muller Hotel, and a three-story one on the north, the St. Charles. The Muller was marketed toward working-class clientele and therefore less elegant.
The firkin and Fox Pub and Restaurant is an English style pub serving English, Irish and American brews. It occupies the first floor of the St. Charles and opened in January of 2008.

Firkin flowers

Many of the trees were in what I thought to be giant planter boxes

"No phone, no pool, no pets, I ain't got no cigarettes" came to mind, when I saw all the restrictions and prohibitions

Nevada's Supreme Court Building

Nevada State Veteran's Memorial

Capitol dome from the rear
Because of the brightness of the sun the dome looks white, but it is silver for the Silver State

More gardens

Capitol Building front entrance


Sarah Winnemucca, 1844 - 1891, was a Native American defender of human rights, educator and the first Native American woman to publish a book

Governor's office and his receptionist

Old State Assembly Chambers
Compared to other state capitol buildings I have visited, I found Nevada's to be rather plain. Also the orange-beige wall coloring coupled with the overpowering globe lighting gave the interior a harshness with which I was not comfortable.

The empty State Assembly Chambers

Old State Senate Chambers

The Senate Chambers is now a historical museum

Back outside on Capitol Grounds
Old photos of the Capitol Building show it in a large empty field with no grass or trees in sight. All the trees in the complex were added or grown after construction.

Lake Tahoe

About five minutes and miles from where I parked in Carson City I turned onto U.S. Route 50. Fifteen minutes later I was at 7000 feet above sea level. A minute or after that I passed over Spooner Summit. U.S. Route 50 is a long and winding road.

First sight of Lake Tahoe

A second first sight

The lake

Nevada side mountains
I had come down about 2000 or 2500 feet from Spooner Summit before I saw the lake. A viewing point named Logan Shoals Vista is where most of these Lake Tahoe photos were taken.

More of Nevada's treed mountains

Cave Rock
Cave Rock is the ultimate symbol of Washoe Indian spirituality and culture. For over 10,000 years the Washoe have lived at Lake Tahoe. Known as da ow a ga the lake is a sacred place at the center of the universe. Cave Rock, or de'ek wadapush, is an important symbol of this spirituality.
Although Cave Rock is a place of extreme power for all the tribe, only the Washoe shaman, or doctors, were allowed to visit the cave on the rock's south face. There the shaman consulted with spirit advisors and effected cures for the Washoe people. The practice continues today, although much of the original cave has been altered by the white man's development.
Cave Rock is the remnant of a volcano that erupted 3 million years ago. Rising 360 feet above the surface of the lake, the rock occupies 300 feet of shoreline. In the 1840s, a road was built around the rock to accommodate the gold and silver miners heading to or returning from the Comstock mines in Virginia City. Today, two tunnels blasted through the rock (visible in the photo on the right) form a direct route for U.S. Route 50.

There were several boaters on the lake

Rock formations at Logan Shoals Vista

Boater resting

Woman on a what? It looks like a surf board on steroids

On the right is the southbound tunnel through Cave Rock

A short time after Cave Rock, I was in California and at Echo Summit and the following photos were taken in that state

Back in the state of tall trees

Whiskey River

Wine Country

From a rest stop on U.S. Route 50, where I spent the night

And somewhere along the way, I passed this sign even though I was on U.S. Route 50 the entire trip

Music is "Long and Winding Road"

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