2015 Mining History Association Tour

 

Tour of Donovan Mill, Bowers Mansion,

Nevada State Museum, and

Nevada State Railroad Museum

Tour Leader: Ron James

June 14, 2015

 

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The floor-to-ceiling mirror magnifies the Bowers Mansion dining room.

 

The original massive cast iron stove is the focal point of the kitchen.


The view to the east from the Bowers Mansion looks across the Washoe Valley.  Virginia City and Comstock Lode are on the opposite side of the far ridge.

An interpretive sign tells more of the story of the Bowers Family.

(Above) The historic building that once housed the Carson City Mint is now the Nevada State Museum. The lower level contains an extensive underground mining exhibit that was constructed by experienced miners.  The upper level contains exhibits on geology, natural history, and Nevada history.

 

 

(Right) The museum entrance is through a glass, mining headframe inspired concourse that connects it with the North Building containing Native American exhibits.  The “headframe” actually contains the museum’s elevator.

 

 

 

(Left)  The discovery of gold and silver on the Comstock Lode led to the 1863 authorization for the Carson City Mint.  The Mint actually opened in 1869.  Coin Press No. 1 was manufactured by Morgan and Orr Iron Founders and Steam Engine Builders of Philadelphia.  The first coin struck by the press was a Seated Liberty Dollar.  The Mint was closed in 1893.

 

(Below)  Pat Kaas “feeds” the prospector’s burro in the mining ghost town exhibit.

Photo Credits: Johnny Johnsson, Mike Kaas, and Bob Spude.

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