Nevada State Capitol, Carson City, Nevada

The Nevada State Capitol Building

The Nevada State Capitol Building

As part of our continuing quest to visit all 50 of the state capitals we visited the Nevada State Capitol in Carson City, Nevada. Kind of like Arizona we found that the original State Capitol is old (built in 1871) and only houses the Governor’s offices. Originally, the building also held the Supreme Court, Legislature, and state library. All those functions now have their own buildings close to the State Capitol building.

The State Capitol building is currently undergoing refurbishment. Looking at the various plaques on the walls it looks like this has been done several times. Inside we met with a State Capitol Police Officer. He was very friendly and invited us to ask him any questions. He handed us a map and told us we were free to pretty much go wherever we wanted. You might be skeptical of that claim, but it was true. The building was really quite open. They let us go into the offices, sit in the old Supreme Court chairs, and even let us examine the inside of the state safe! Which by the way despite having very heavy doors was very ornate with murals on the outside and inside doors. The only place we couldn’t really go was the old assembly chambers because of the construction. Other than that though everywhere was open.

John at a Legislative Desk

John at a Legislative Desk

The Assembly room was under refurbishment.

The Assembly room was under refurbishment.

"Please arise for the Honorable Chief Justice Pedroza" (yeah right). At first Nevada had three supreme court justices, now they have seven.

“Please arise for the Honorable Chief Justice Pedroza” (yeah right). At first Nevada had three supreme court justices, now they have seven.

Loved how they were able to reuse the door hinges when they remodeled.

Loved how they were able to reuse the door hinges when they remodeled.

A look into the Governors office.

A look into the Governors office.

The safe inside the Secretary of the State's office.

The safe inside the Secretary of the State’s office.

They were really nice and let me look inside the safe. It has a beautiful painting on the inside.

They were really nice and let me look inside the safe. It has a beautiful painting on the inside.

The trim was interesting with all the different minerals found in Nevada.

The trim was interesting with all the different minerals found in Nevada.

AJ in front of the State Capitol building.

AJ in front of the State Capitol building.

The old Senate chambers holds a little museum on the story of the Nevada Capitol.

The old Senate chambers holds a little museum on the story of the Nevada Capitol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just outside the building is a park with many memorials and other government buildings. The main ones to note were the Nevada State Assembly Building and the Nevada State Supreme Court. The city of Carson City is kind of a mid sized city. Like all Nevada cities, there are casinos, but they are not outlandishly flashy like the ones seen in Las Vegas. The city still retains it’s late 1800’s charm and we enjoyed the short drive out to see the Governor’s Mansion.

Kit Carson is of course the founder of Carson City.

Kit Carson is of course the founder of Carson City.

The Bliss Mansion is a great example of late 1800s architecture

The Bliss Mansion is a great example of late 1800s architecture

Cactus Jack's Casino kind of shows what the casinos in Carson City are like, lots of neon, but not like the crazy stuff you see in Las Vegas.

Cactus Jack’s Casino kind of shows what the casinos in Carson City are like, lots of neon, but not like the crazy stuff you see in Las Vegas.

42nd St. Downtown retains the feeling of the old west.

42nd St. Downtown retains the feeling of the old west.

The Nevada Fallen Peace Officer's Memorial

The Nevada Fallen Peace Officer’s Memorial

The new Supreme Court Building is just next door to the State Capitol Building.

The new Supreme Court Building is just next door to the State Capitol Building.

The Governor's Mansion is not far away.

The Governor’s Mansion is not far away.

The Nevada State Legislature building is also next door to the State Capitol Building and is where the Nevada Assembly and Senate meet today.

The Nevada State Legislature building is also next door to the State Capitol Building and is where the Nevada Assembly and Senate meet today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a little video of us walking the grounds:

 

 

 

 

The Nevada State Capitol Building is located at 101 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701 in downtown Carson City. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.


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