Welcome to Nevada's Historic Capital - Carson City
The Hub of the SierraLong considered “the Hub of the Sierra,” Carson City has a distinct character that has been molded by the industries that made it a bustling frontier town of the late 1800s – logging, mining, and of course, the railroad. Today’s recreational pioneers are still hitting pay dirt, enjoying a mother lode of history, sightseeing, shopping, skiing, golf, and more. Sweeten the pot with first-class accommodations, casino action, entertainment, and special community events and you’ll find the Carson City of today – a thriving capital with culture, charm and all the adventure of the Wild West.Full of beauty and mountains. Carson City sits in the center of one of the most scenic and historic areas in the country, making it the perfect starting point for sightseeing. Carson City’s backyard is home to North America’s Largest concentration of ski resorts, and the “Divine Nine” championship golf courses, which have been voted among the nation’s best. The High Sierra backdrop also offers hiking, biking, hunting, and fishing. To top off an exciting day, relaxing hot springs resorts restaurants, live music, poetry, and casino nightlife are plentiful in the evenings. Entertainment for the whole family. The options are as diverse as our heritage. Children will love the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, and kids of all ages will enjoy the Nevada State Railroad. The small communities of Carson City and the surrounding area revel in their distinctly Western Past, and special events like the Carson City Rendezvous, the Genoa Candy Dance, and the Silver Dollar Car Classic continue throughout the year.
Carson City is approximately 153 square miles in area. It abuts the Sierra Nevada Mountains which are the entrance to the basin from the west and the terminus from the east. The magnificent mountains intercept and exhaust the moisture of the air currents ever flowing from the Pacific Ocean eastward, consequently they pass comparatively rainless over the broad basin region, leaving it desert-like.
Consolidation and Form of Government
The debate concerning consolidation of Ormsby County and Carson City continued for some 20 years. Finally, the process was formally intitiated and, after two legislative sessions, and a favorable statewide vote by the citizens in 1966, the required constitutional amendment was ratified by the electorate in November 1968. Thereafter the 55th Session of the Legislature passed Senate Bill No. 75 and Ormsby County and Carson City were thereby consolidated into one municipal government known as Carson City Consolidated Municipality. The Charter was approved on April 1, 1969.
The local governing body is composed of a five-member elected representation called the Board of Supervisors. The Mayor and four Supervisors are elected by and accountable to the voters. All of the members of the Board serve 4-year staggered terms. The Mayor and Supervisors from Wards 2 and 4 are elected during Presidential election years. The Supervisors from Wards 1 and 3 are elected during off-Presidential election years.
Driving Distances from Carson City