Railroad museum hosts ‘Lost Carson City’ lecture

CARSON CITY, Nevada – From the historic United States Branch Mint to the V&T Railroad to the fact it remains one of the most sparsely populated state capitals, Carson City has a colorful and unique history.

The Silver State’s capital city will be the subject of a free lecture by author Peter Mires, whose latest book is “Lost Carson City.”

The event takes place Friday, Nov. 2, at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, 2180 St. Carson St., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Copies of “Lost Carson City” will be available for purchase in the museum store and Mires will be signing books during the event.

Published by The History Press, “Lost Carson City,” explores the city’s legacies “brick by locally quarried sandstone brick” and details its days as a Wild West town bolstered by the riches of the Comstock Lode. It details the historic Mint, the V&T Railroad, and notable former landmarks such as the Carson Opera House and the local racetrack.

Author Peter Mires, a native of Vermont, received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, M.A. from the University of Arkansas and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He taught geography and anthropology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Delaware before moving to Nevada in 1990.

He has written a book on Tahoe architecture and can often be found hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail or exploring Nevada’s outback.