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Carson City,

city (1990 pop. 40,443), state capital, W Nev., in the Eagle valley; inc. 1875. The city is a trade center for a mining and agricultural area. State government is the major employer, and tourism is economically important. The city was laid out in 1858 on the site of Eagle Station, a trading post established (1851) on the immigrant trail from Salt Lake City to California. A supply station for miners in the valley, it achieved importance with the discovery (1859) of the Comstock LodeComstock Lode,
richest known U.S. silver deposit, W Nevada, on Mt. Davidson in the Virginia Range. It is said to have been discovered in 1857 by Ethan Allen Grosh and Hosea Ballou Grosh, sons of a Pennsylvania minister and veterans of the California gold fields who died under
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 and became the terminus of the railroad carrying ore. In 1861, when the Territory of Nevada was created, the city was made the capital, and in 1864 it became the state capital. Carson City and Ormsby co. were consolidated into one community in 1969. A U.S. mint, closed in 1893, is now the Nevada State Museum. Lake Tahoe and the Carson River are nearby.

Carson City (Independent City), Nevada

201 N Carson St
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 887-2100
Fax: (775) 887-2286

In western NV near the Carson River and Lake Tahoe, 28 mi. south of Reno. Laid out 1858 by Maj. William M. Omsby; county seat since 1861; independent city 1969; state capital. City government consolidated with county. Name Origin: For frontiersman Christopher "Kit" Carson (1809-68). Previously called Eagle Station

Area (sq mi):: 155.66 (land 143.35; water 12.31) Population per square mile: 391.10
Population 2005: 56,062 State rank: 3 Population change: 2000-20005 6.90%; 1990-2000 29.70% Population 2000: 52,457 (White 78.50%; Black or African American 1.80%; Hispanic or Latino 14.20%; Asian 1.80%; Other 11.10%). Foreign born: 9.90%. Median age: 38.70
Income 2000: per capita $20,943; median household $41,809; Population below poverty level: 10.00% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $32,043-$32,872
Unemployment (2004): 5.00% Unemployment change (from 2000): -0.50% Median travel time to work: 17.70 minutes Working outside county of residence: 24.10%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Carson City County seat (55,974)

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    Carson City

    a city in W Nevada, capital of the state. Pop.: 55 311 (2003 est.)
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