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Governors Mansion, Carson City
Photo: Nevada Governor's Mansion, ca. 1908, 606 Mountain Street, Carson City, NV; Wilbur Wieprecht, photographer, 1975, National Register of Historic Places, nrhp.focus.nps.gov, accessed September, 2012.

Beginnings [1]

  • Capitol: Carson City
  • Largest City: Las Vegas
  • Nickname: Silver State
  • State Bird: Mountain Bluebird
  • State Tree: Bristlecone Pine
  • State Flower: Sagebrush
  • Land Area: 110,500 square miles
  • Motto: Home for Our Country
  • Name derivation: from the Spanish word, meaning "snowcapped"

In 1863 the people of Nevada Territory sent representatives to a Constitutional Convention at Carson City to make a frame of government for the proposed State of Nevada. The constitution there made was rejected by the people at the polls. But in February of 1864 Congress passed a new enabling Act which was signed by the President on March 21, 1864. On the Fourth of July a second Constitutional Convention was held at Carson City, and a second constitution was framed, which exempted the property in mines from taxation. The document was completed on the 27th day of July, 1864, and was adopted at the polls on September 7. On the 31st of October the President proclaimed Nevada a State of the Union.

In 1825 the first white man visited a portion of the country which is now known as Nevada, Jedediah S. Smith, a native of New York. Previous to this visit he had been in partnership with William H. Ashley, of St. Louis, who discovered the Great Salt Lake of Utah in the year prior, as well as the small lake near by which bears his name. Ashley, with his partner, Smith, built a fort at Ashley Lake and the mountaineers made it headquarters for some time, Smith until his trip to the now Nevada and Ashley for the entire time he followed trapping in the Rocky Mountain. Ashley was well known as a mountaineer and trapper when he set up his lares and penates at Ashley Lake, and his entire life was a series of adventures while pursuing his vocation. Smith passed through even more thrilling adventures in rapid succession, with hairbreadth escapes from wild animals and the still more to be dreaded Indians. He was murdered in 1831 by an Indian, who shot him down from ambush, the arrow killing him instantly.

  1. Wren, Thomas, editor-in-chief, A History of the State of Nevada, Its Resources and People, The Lewis Publishing Company, New York, 1904

† Ormsby County merged with Carson City in 1969 to form the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City.

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