CARSON CITYS HISTORIC DISTRICT SPECIAL EVENTS MUSEUMS BRING THE AMERICAN WEST TO LIFE ALL YEAR
The Kit Carson Trail, a 2.5-mile self-guided walking tour, escorts sightseers through Carson City’s famous historical homes district, the largest in the West. A painted blue line along the sidewalk with inlaid bronze medallions marks the route past various landmarks: Victorian-style homes over 100 years old, museums and original churches, the Governor’s Mansion and the home of Mark Twain’s brother - where the famous author spent much of his time. The tour also provides insight and anecdotes about the capital city and some of its more colorful personalities.
Visitors can get a special glimpse of the trail during the Ghost Whisperer Tour in May, where famous locals of yesteryear come out to share their stories. In October, the annual Ghost Walk takes the tour on an eerie turn as the spirits of Carson City’s past appear to tell their secrets. And in December, the graceful turn-of-the century homes light up in yuletide cheer during the Victorian Homes Tour.
Additional events throughout the year recreate other aspects of Carson City’s illustrious history.
The Carson City Rendezvous in June is the biggest events of summer. Mountain men encampment, a Native-American village with dancing and crafts, Civil War encampment and re-enactments, gun fighters, crafts and continuous music on the main stage recreate the days of Carson City’s yesteryear.
The Silver Dollar Car Classic takes the heat out of summer with cool cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s. All makes and models are accepted to show under the shade trees at Mills Park. Activities include show and shines, pancake breakfast and the country’s only $1 million poker run.
Railfest, a celebration of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, takes place in August in Carson and Virginia Cities. Activities include train rides, live entertainment, trolley rides and special exhibits at area museums.
Nevada Day, the state’s exaggerated definition of fun - where it takes four days to celebrate, October 31, 1864, when the 36th state was admitted to the Union. Nevada Day events include a parade, golf tournament, carnival, beard contest and much more.
Several of Carson City’s museums welcome time travelers. At the Nevada State Museum & Mint, visitors can journey back more than 40 million years in the Earth and Science Gallery, or visit the more recent past with a tour of a walk-through ghost town and underground mine. Originally a U.S. Mint from 1870 to 1895, the Museum now features an impressive coin collection and the silver service from the battleship USS Nevada, as well as changing exhibits. The original Carson City coin press, which mints collector’s edition coins on special dates throughout the year, is on display as well.
The Nevada State Railroad Museum delights train and history lovers alike. One of the finest railroad museums in the country, it features restored equipment from the Virginia & Truckee (V&T) Railroad, the famous silver short line, and boasts five steam locomotives. Restoration of coaches and freight cars is an on-going process at the Museum and several restored examples are on display.
The Nevada State Capitol and the Nevada State Library and Archives present changing historic exhibits which display memorabilia and exhibits to enhance cultural understanding. The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada provides a "hands-on" environment, inviting visitors to touch, poke, pull and take part in displays.