Museums

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Lone Mountain Cemetery Spread over about 40 acres, Lone Mountain Cemetery consists of seven separate cemeteries including sections for Masons, Oddfellows, Catholics, and children. Among those buried in the cemetery are noted stagecoach driver Hank Monk (made famous in Mark Twain’s book, “Roughing It”), Carson City founder Abe Curry; Jennie Clemens (niece of writer Mark Twain and daughter of Orin Clemens, who died in 1864 of spotted fever at the age of nine); and five governors, including, John Henry Kinkead (3rd Governor); Roswell K. Colcord (7th Governor); John Edward Jones (8th Governor); Reinhold Sadler (9th Governor); and Denver S. Dickerson (11th Governor).

Stewart Indian School Located on Snyder Avenue at the south end of Carson City is the former campus of the Stewart Indian School. This complex encompasses several dozen buildings, many of which were built with walls of rough-cut, multi-colored native stones imbedded in dark mortar. According to historical reports, the “Stewart Indian School” architecture was a style borrowed in the early 1920s by then-superintendent Frederick Snyder, who had admired a church of similar design in Arizona. The first building of this design (the former Administrative Building) was completed in 1923. Eventually more than 100 buildings utilizing the stone architecture were constructed on the school grounds, most built by stone masons trained at the school. The Stewart Indian School story began in the 1880s when Nevada’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, C.S. Young, recommended to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Nevada State Legislature that an Indian industrial school be established because most of the state’s Native Americans were not being formally educated. The Nevada State Legislature passed legislation in 1887 that established an Indian school and authorized the issuing of bonds for the facility, provided the federal government agreed to operate the school. Nevada’s U.S. Senator William Stewart guided the appropriate federal legislation to approval, including congressional funding, and the Clear Creek Indian Training School, as it was originally known, was built by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on 240 acres. Later, the school was named for Senator Stewart (it was called a number of names over the years, including the Carson Indian School, the Stewart Institute and, finally, the Stewart Indian School) and officially opened on December 17, 1890. The school was operated much like a military school in its first decades. Historic photos show that students wore military-style uniforms. Academic classes consumed about half of each day, followed by vocational training in such skills as sewing, shoe and harnessmaking, blacksmithing, carpentry, printing and other work. Beginning in the 1890s, the Stewart athletic teams played a variety of sports, including football, track, basketball, boxing and baseball. While relatively small in size, the school won several state championships. In addition to educating Nevada’s Native Americans (who were actually a minority of those who ever attended the school), the Stewart facility housed Native Americans from throughout the country. In fact, in the late 1940s, the school became part of a special program for Navajos and by the mid-1950s, most of the students were of Navajo descent. The school was finally closed in 1980, after the federal government decided to phase out Indian boarding schools. The land was sold to the state of Nevada, which converted many of the structures into state offices.

The Nevada State Museum Built in 1866 of native sandstone quarried by inmate crews at the Nevada State Prison, the structure that now houses the Nevada State Museum originally served as a U.S. Mint. From 1870 to 1893, the Mint produced more than $50 million in coins, most minted from Comstock silver. Today, the museum contains displays describing Nevada’s rich past and fascinating natural history. For example, the museum’s natural history section spotlights many of the plants and animals indigenous to Nevada. Species on display range from the rare cui-ui fish to the mountain bluebird (the state bird). The museum’s Native American section is highlighted by a large collection of handmade baskets crafted by Dat-So-La-Lee, the famed Washoe basket maker renowned for her meticulous handiwork. In other parts of the museum, visitors will find a large display of minerals, ranging from unique opals and gems to various crystal and quartz stones, as well as the reconstructed skeleton of one of the largest mammoths ever found in North America. The massive beast, which lived 17,000 years ago, stands 13-feet high at the shoulder and is posed in a simulated mud bog next to the bones of a 25,000-year-old horse. One of the most popular sections of the museum is its life-style replica of a typical Nevada ghost town. The mock mining camp contains all of the standard ghost town buildings—the newspaper office, the assay office, the general store and, of course, the saloon—constructed from weathered and worn wood. An automated old prospector and his mule serve as your guide in describing each building and the lifecycle of a 19th century Nevada mining camp. From the ghost town, you can take another interesting journey into the past at the museum’s reconstruction of a 19th century mine, located in the museum’s basement. Along the way, you can find out about the importance of Deidesheimer square-set mine timbering and why mining was such a dangerous profession a century ago. The museum’s gift shop is a warehouse of Nevada-related souvenirs, books and other items. Wandering around the shop, you can find anything from gold panning kits to Nevada flags.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum Devoted to the history of Nevada’s railroads, the state museum’s primary focus is on the historic Virginia & Truckee (V&T) Railroad. The bulk of the museum’s collection of more than 60 locomotives and cars were once part of the V&T Railroad. In the 1970s, the state of Nevada purchased the pieces from Paramount Studios, which had used them in many motion pictures and television programs. The movie company acquired the rolling stock in 1937, when the V&T was experiencing financial difficulties. Today, visitors can view meticulously restored rail equipment that helps to tell the state’s rich railroad history. Inside the main museum building is the Inyo, a wood-burning Baldwin locomotive that was built in 1875, as well as V&T Caboose No. 9, built in 1873; Coach No. 4, the oldest piece of V&T equipment in the museum, constructed in 1872; and the Dayton, a shiny locomotive built in 1873 at the Central Pacific Railroad yards in Sacramento. Near the front of the museum, visitors will find the restored Wabuska Depot as well as a typical railroad worker’s cottage, and a reproduction of a square, bat-and-board style water tower, a type that was used in the 19th century. On summer weekends, rides are offered on tracks that encircle the museum buildings. Additionally, on selected dates, such as July 4th and Labor Day, the museum steams up some of the vintage locomotives for brief rides. Visitors shouldn’t overlook the museum gift shop, which has a large selection of railroad books, videos, posters, shirts, and other rail-themed gift items.

The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada is all about. The museum opened its doors at 813 N. Carson Street in 1994.The historic building that originally served as Carson City’s Civic Auditorium, was built in 1939. The CMNN is a play-based learning experience created to inspire imagination and creativity.  Children and their families are encouraged to explore the world together through interactive exhibits and programs in the arts, sciences, humanities, and history. All learning experiences are based on NV State Teaching Standards. Some of the Exhibits and Learning Centers you can expect to find are:

  • A mining sluice in the front entrance lobby. You can mine for rocks and minerals just like the miners of the old west.
  • The stage area is filled with many open-ended problem solving activities.
  • The S.T.E. M. room in the basement is filled learning centers to spark your imagination.

The Nevada State Library and Archives Nevada’s State Constitution is on display in the State Library and Archives building, which is directly east of the State Capitol. There, visitors can find an informative, multimedia display featuring the original, handwritten pages of the document, which was drafted during the constitution convention of 1864. Adjacent to the Constitution exhibit is a changing gallery that often features the work of Nevada artists and photographers.

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April 7, 2017