Carson City, Nevada

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The Consolidated Municipality of Carson City is the (political) capital of the State of Nevada. The population was 52,457 at the 2000 census.



The first Europeans to arrive in what is known as Eagle Valley were John C. Fremont and his exploration party in January 1843.[1] Fremont named the river flowing through the valley Carson River in honor of Christopher "Kit" Carson, the mountain man and scout he had hired for his expedition. Prior to the Fremont expedition, only Washoe Indians inhabited the valley and surrounding areas.

By 1851 the Eagle Station ranch located along the Carson River served as a trading post and stopover for travelers on the California Trail's Carson Branch which ran through Eagle Valley. The valley and trading post received their name from a bald eagle that was hunted and killed by one of the early settlers and was featured on a wall inside the post.

In 1858, Abraham Curry bought Eagle Station and thereafter renamed the settlement Carson City.[2] As Curry and several other partners had Eagle Valley surveyed for development. Curry had decided for himself that Carson City would someday serve as the capital city and left a 10-acre (40,000 m2) plot open in the center of town for a future capitol building.

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