Tours of Early Nevada Governors' Homes

Tour Guide Debbie Lane introduces the historic importance of former Nevada Governors' homes to tour participants.

The Friends of the Nevada State Museum are offering 9 am tours of the historic homes of several early Nevada Governors on Tuesday, September 12 and September 26. Local history buffs Ron Roberts and Debbie Lane alternate as tour guides. Much of the tour follows Carson City’s “Blue Line Trail,” a path through the historic district designated by a painted blue line and bronze medallions along the route.

The tours include a stop at the Governor’s Mansion on Mountain Street, where Brian Sandoval, the state’s 29th governor, and his family reside. Former Gov. Denver Dickerson (1909-1911) and his family were the first to live in the Governor’s Mansion.

The Stewart-Nye house on Minnesota Street was once owned by territorial Gov. James Nye (1861-64). Another home on Robinson Street once belonged to Gov. John Jones (1895-1896). Other governors’ homes that will be viewed include those of John Sparks, Roswell Colcord and Reinhold Sadler. In addition, information is shared on several other historic homes including the Bliss Mansion and the former residence of Hanna Clapp.

The tours are free although tips are accepted and go to the Friends of the Nevada State Museum. Participants should meet in front of the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St. Reservations are requested for large groups. For details, contact Debbie Lane at 410-790-0410