Monthly Archives: January 2009

A Trip Through Downtown

A drive through downtown Carson City, in postcards.

We start at Musser Street. First we can stop by Sprouse-Reitz for a little shopping.

Then we find ourselves at Proctor. In color, even! A grocery store is on the left; let’s stop and pick up some Postum.

Next comes Telegraph. It’s getting hot, so we should stop by the Ship Bar to quench our thirst.

And soon we reach Spear. Suddenly I’m hungry for some Chism ice cream.

And finally we’re at Caroline, and leaving downtown. The train station is on the right. Should we hop on the banana train, or keep going?


I’ve been adding so many new photos lately, and not posting any of them here. I feel like I’m letting myself down. But even though I love looking through these photos, it seems like such a chore to add them, describe them, tag them. I have what seems like thousands of photos still in the queue to add, and I get faint just thinking about it.

But I plowed through in the last couple of weeks and made some big additions. So I should start highlighting some of the photos now. First up, Carson City’s Chinatown. Chinatown was located along Third Street, just east of Stewart. It started in the 1870s, when the Chinese came to the area to build the railroad, and lasted until the 1950s, when the last of the buildings burned down or were demolished. Most of the photos were from the 1930s and 40s, when it was almost a ghost town. Here are some good ones, including “Yee Bong Cafe”, a chop suey house.