Carson City, the State Capital, is located in Carson City just south of Reno, between Fallon and the California state line in the Western Region of the state. It lies along U.S. Highway 50 on the banks of the Carson River, near Washoe Lake and Lake Tahoe.
The city, named after frontiersman Kit Carson, was laid out in 1858 on the Eagle Station site, a trading post erected in 1851. A miners supply depot, the town gained status with the 1859 Comstock Lode discovery and became the railroad terminus for removing the ore. In 1861, at the birth of the Nevada Territory, the city was designated the capital; in 1864 it became the state capital.
Today Carson City, population 52,457, is a mining and agricultural trading hub. State government employs the most residents and tourism is an economic contributor. Area attractions include the ghost town Virginia City, site of the Comstock Lode. The October Nevada Day Celebration commemorates the state s admission to the Union.
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06/18 Coming to The area
Arden Fair Sacramento CA March30-April18 Open the doors to Arden Fair and step inside. Here you'll find contemporary fashions, jewelry, accessories and brand name merchandise at over 165 specialty stores, plus Nordstrom's, Macy's, Sears, and JC Penney. Arden Fair also has a number of terrific restaurants, everything from fast food to fine dining. And it's completely enclosed, so it's always a comfortable 70 degrees inside no matter what it's like outside.
California Exposition & State Fair Sacramento CA June12-28 The Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair. All year Satellite Wagering, Waterworld USA, Paradise Island Fun Center and an RV Park are just a few of the features of the Cal Expo.The first State Fair was held in 1854 in San Francisco at the old Music Hall. The fair offered premiums (prizes) for its competitions and included such agricultural exhibits such as 2-inch-long peanuts, 72-pound beets and a 10-pound carrot that was longer than 3 feet. Horseracing was part of that first fair and has continued to be a part of the fair ever since.
The Rio Vista Bass Derby Festival Rio Vista CA October11-13 Rio Vista is proud to host the oldest fishing derby on the West Coast. The festival is a three-day derby for bass, catfish and sturgeon. The festival also boasts music, food and fun for fishermen and non-fishing children and adults as well. The events include a carnival, live music and dancing, classic car show, a pancake breakfast, parade and BBQ. A large fireworks display is also featured on Saturday night.