Bird’s Eye View of Carson City

I managed to grab a super-duper high-res version of the Bird’s Eye View of Carson City. But, of course, I also discovered that there’s some kind of bug in the site that’s not letting it display full-res pictures right now. So until that’s solved, you can look at the 2048 pixel version, which is great in its own right.

Hank Monk

I added today a few pictures of famed stagecoach driver Hank Monk.


The Nevada Appeal today has a story about Carson City’s Chinatown, and included three pictures with it.


Today we have two photos of Carson City churches. Both these photos are just about a hundred years old, taken at the beginning of the 20th century. They show a Carson City that looks cold, with no leaves on the trees and dirt streets best suited for traveling by horse and buggy.

First up is St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at Telegraph and Division. It was built in 1867 by the Corbett Brothers, the same brothers who later built the Arlington Hotel. In this photo it is 40 years old and surrounded by several mature trees and a picket fence. The fence and many of the trees are gone now, but the church still stands, looking almost identical to this picture.

The First Presbyterian Church got plenty of coverage in the news a couple of years when it was threatened with being torn down. The building was starting to show structural weaknesses, and the congregation wanted it demolished to build a new, larger sanctuary. Public outcry got them to change their minds, and instead they saved the historic old section and built the new sanctuary right in the back of it. There was no outcry to save the house on the right, though. That was lost decades ago, and the spot is now taken up by a large lawn with the Carson City Christmas Tree in it.

This church is known for its connection to Mark Twain. His brother was a Presbyterian, and in the 1860s they had run out of money to finish building the church. It sat unfinished for a couple of years until Twain held a fundraiser to raise enough money to complete it.

Downtowner Motor Inn Postcards

With the recent news that the Downtowner Motor Inn in Carson City may have new owners soon, Joe Childs was good enough to send in a scan of another old postcard of the motel. This one is dated 1969, and shows the motel when it was only seven years old.

This dusk shot almost makes the place seem inviting. The glow of the sign and the porch lights, as well as the Best Western crown, seem to have pulled in a lot of customers. Joe scanned the back of this one too, showing the message from “Poppy” to Miss Kristen Hendershot of Orange, Calif.

And here’s another Downtoner postcard that was added to the collection a little while ago. This one is a daytime shot.

New Photos

I’ve had some more new photos come in recently. All good stuff.

The St Charles for a few decades was known as the Travelers Hotel.

The McKeen Motor Car, which ran on the V&T Railroad, served about ten years time as a diner on the north side of town.

The Sweeney Building is one of Carson City’s oldest buildings.

I love the facade on the Ship Bar.

Lucius Beebe

From Hart Corbett comes this photo of Lucius Beebe, taken in 1949 by his father, William C. Corbett. The Corbetts are descendants of one of Carson City’s pioneer families, and although they no longer live in town they still maintain ties to Carson.

Lucius Beebe here is standing in front of his private rail car, the “Gold Coast”. In 1949 he was living in this car, parked under some cottonwoods in the V&T yards, while writing a book about the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. William and Hart Corbett had come to town Memorial Day weekend to ride a special V&T excursion train from Reno to Minden, and ran into Beebe while stopped at Carson City.

Carson City 1980s Photographs

I’ve just finished a big push to add all of Fred Nietz’ photos to the WNHPC. If you remember, Fred posted a bunch of old photos to Flickr a couple of months ago, and I immediately started adding them to the site. All his photos can be seen on Flickr here. He had some great pictures of Carson City, some from the 30s 40s and 50s, but many of them from the 1980s, showing a side of town that is long gone, but that many of us can remember from fairly recent memory. It’s fascinating to look through all these pictures, and to see that in just the course of 25 years most of the businesses lining Carson Street have changed. There are some constants, to be sure, but a lot of cases where the building has stayed the same, but the tenants are completely different.

So it took me two months, but I finally posted every one of Fred’s photos to the WNHPC. It took a lot longer than it should because there were a lot of starts and stops along the way, and I just don’t get to work on the site as much as I’d like to. But I really wanted to finish and get these pictures out there, so now it’s done. Now I have to move on to all the other photo collections that are sitting on the shelf, collecting dust, waiting to go online. This is a huge project I’ve buried myself under; it seems like it’s going to go on forever!

Anyway, here are some of the new additions. You can see them all at this link.

V&T Truckee River Bridge

I posted a bunch of pictures yesterday of the V&T railroad bridge across the Truckee River, in downtown Reno. This bridge was first built in 1872 when the line was extended from Carson to Reno. In all, three different bridges spanned the river. First there was a wooden bridge, which can be seen at the far right of this photo:

Soon the wooden bridge was replaced with this boxy bridge:

Then in 1896 the final bridge was installed:

The bridge was removed after the line was abandoned in 1950.

All the photos can be found at tag:vtrenobridge.

Reno Enginehouse

I posted quite a few pictures yesterday of the V&T enginehouse in Reno. This single-stall enginehouse was right near the Truckee River, along the V&T mainline, and had a turntable and a water tank in the vicinity.

The enginehouse was built in the late 1800s, probably soon after the branch line to Reno was built in 1872.

The enginehouse burned on May 1, 1950, with Engine #26 inside. There was only one month left before abandonment of the line

All the photos can be found at tag:vtrenoenginehouse