Nevada State Capitol Building, Carson City

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
The Nevada State Capitol is the capitol building of the U.S. state of Nevada. It is located in the state capital of Carson City at 101 North Carson Street. The building was constructed in the Neoclassical Italianate style between 1869 and 1871. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is also Nevada Historical Marker number 25.ConstructionAbraham Curry, the founder of Carson City, reserved an area equivalent to four city blocks (10 acres or 4.04 ha) at the center of the town for the future state capitol. When the Capitol building was constructed, it was naturally located on "the plaza", which had, some ten or eleven years earlier, been designated for it, and given for that purpose.As Mark Twain wrote in his book Roughing It, the capitol site was in 1861 "a large, unfenced, level vacancy, with a liberty pole in it, and very useful as a place for public auctions, horse trades, mass meetings, and likewise for teamsters to camp in."The "act to provide for the erection of a State Capitol" was passed by the Nevada Legislature and signed into law by Governor Henry G. Blasdel during 1869. The Board of Capitol Commissioners received bids of $84,000 to $160,000 for construction and they chose the lowest bid, submitted by Peter Cavanaugh and Son of Carson City. The 1869 act authorized $100,000 for construction, with money to come from a special tax levy, plus the proceeds from the sale of some public land. To reduce costs, the building sandstone was obtained free of charge from the Nevada State Prison quarry, just outside Carson City. In spite of this, the construction costs increased to some $170,000, exceeding even the high bid.
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  • This is an old fashioned modest-sized historic building right in the middle of downtown. It houses some State functions.  more »
  • Interesting tour of the State Capitol Building. Docent was great with a lot of information and stories. THEY NEED BATHROOMS. I'm not sure if the bathrooms were unavailable from "out of order...  more »
  • Small museum upstairs. Handicap accessible. Nice paintings of every governer. Spent about an hour here.
  • Very beautiful at Christmas time! Now the decoration process is still in progress but it already looks good!

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