The mining boom and bust takes symbolic form in the Bowers Mansion, the once-private home of Sandy and Eilley Bowers. The house was built in 1863 on Eilley's land, who married Sandy after her first husband left her. Eilley, a self-made woman, grew even wealthier when her considerable mining fortune combined with her husband's. But much like the mining boom itself, the Bowers fortune eventually went bust, and Eilley was forced to move when her lavish house was foreclosed on after Sandy's death in 1868. Visitors can now tour this government-owned property for a taste of what life was like during this era.
This part of Nevada has a lot of historical significance dating back to the gold and silver rush of the late 19th century, and the V&T railway, which serves as a mobile museum, is a great way to get a firsthand taste of the lifestyle, technology, and events that characterized the mining boom era. The train runs for several miles through mountainous terrain, giving riders not only a scenic view, but an educational one as well. This is also a great way to experience the history of the Carson City area while also getting outdoors and seeing some beautiful sights in the rugged Nevada landscape.
Arlington Square Ice
Thanks to its altitude, Carson City is not actually the hot desert landscape you might imagine when you think of Nevada. In fact, snow is a regular occurrence in this city, making winter something more of a storybook experience than you might expect. Part of the iconic winter fun of this area is an outdoor public ice skating rink that gets installed in the city's downtown Arlington Square. This rink gives kids of all ages the opportunity to take skating lessons or just try to figure it out on their own while enjoying the lovely winter scenery in the outdoors.