Carson City Sesquicentennial (150th Birthday) ... 2008
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Thanks to Dana Freund, Fred Nietz,
and Scott Schrantz.
To become a sponsor, please download
a sponsor package in WORD FORMAT
or contact Maxine
for a custom sponsor program.
Thanks to Boy Scout Troops #44 and #45,
Nevada Area Council, Pine Nut District
helping with this event.
Also, thanks to the
Nevada National Guard
Carson City Democratic Women's Club
Purple Wave Auction will be holding a live auction in conjunction
with Carson City's Sesquicentennial. Join Purple Wave on Aug.16th at
1:00 at Fuji Park for Purple Wave's grand opening auction. All
proceeds from items marked on purplewave.com with the Carson City
150th year logo will be donated to the CC 150 Fund to aid the Nevada
State Museum and Children's Museum. If you would like to donate
items to be auctioned on Aug. 16th for the CC150 fund please contact
Purple Wave at 775-461-0081
Announcing a new online clearinghouse for Carson history
It's based on the Wikipedia model, where anyone can make changes
and add new material.
Or, you can go directly to Carsonpedia's Sesquicentennial page
Historic Lecture: The Carson City Historical Society's last lecture for this season will be November 18, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop, Carson City. It is free and open to the public. The lecture is called Carson City Historical Society presents "Reflections of Carson City" with Ron James, State Historic Preservation Officer and the topic will be Mark Twain and the Comstock connection. This is a first time lecture as Ron as done research at Bancroft Library on some
new Mark Twain material.
Call 882-1805 for info.
Carson City Sesquicentennial
(l-r) Denver Dickerson, Maizie Harris Jesse, Loretta Marcin, Fred Nietz,
Deborah Stevenson, Melodie Masterson, Lynette Cameron, Rob Galloway, Maxine
Nietz, Jed Block, Tony Marcin
The Big Celebration
The aroma of chili, the sounds of music, and
lots of fun. The Big Day will take place at the Nugget Parking Lot on Carson
Street across from the Casino from Noon to 6 PM. Booths and food also. Be
sure to be at the cake cutting at 3:30 PM.
The State Museum's Coin Education Fair (to replace the Coin
Show for this construction year) will be on-going both Saturday and Sunday.
The Children's Museum Annual Carnival will be Saturday only.
The Carson City Historical Society at the Roberts House
Museum, 1217 N. Carson Street, will hold an Ice Cream Social that afternoon
to cool down those hot taste buds. Call 882-5694 for more info on this.
The Birthday Bash Celebration will be Saturday from Noon to
6 PM, with live music all day, a great chili cook-off, craft booths, rock
climbing wall, food, and of course a giant Birthday Cake!
All these great events are FREE (except admission into the State
Museum and the Ice Cream Social.)
Both the Children's Museum Annual Carnival and the Birthday
Bash Celebration are looking for vendors and fooders. Booth Cost: Carnival
$25, Birthday $35. Please
Maxine for further booth information
or download an application in WORD FORMAT
or PDF FORMAT.
CHILI COOKOFF: Chili Cooks, please
download an entry form in WORD
FORMAT or PDF FORMAT or contact
Maxine for info on how to sign up
for this event to win prizes and bragging rights.
SPONSORS: As you might suspect, an event of this magnitude
needs financial support. We have been fortunate in acquiring sponsors to
fulfill our in-kind needs, but some things just require
cash! To become a sponsor, please download
a sponsor package in WORD FORMAT or
PDF FORMAT or contact Maxine for a
custom sponsor program. Click here to see the list of sponsor so far - and
don't forget to join them in supporting this great celebration!
This Just In.... The Brewery Arts Center is offering
admission to the
2008 Jazz & Beyond Festival, taking place August 15, 16,
& 17 to anyone who presents a
150th Anniversary Medallion. (Remember
- the Medallions
will be minted at the Nevada State Museum.)
Great News for our VIPs.... Cactus Jacks Casino and Mustang Sally will be providing a reception for our VIP descentants of our founders at the casino from 10 AM to Noon. Finger Food Buffet, Champagne, and Coffee. Stop at the CC150 booth in the Nugget Parking lot to get your VIP badge before the reception.
The City Center Motel is offering
a special Sesquicentennial Rate for our VIP descendants of our founders. We
applaud and appreciate them for their support.
Beyond t-shirts, pins, and other merchandise, the CC150 Committee has come
up with two great commemorative items for you and your family to cherish -
1. The US Post Office will be
offering a CANCELLATION
featuring the following design
2. The Nevada State Museum/US
Mint will be minting a MEDALLION
available in both Silver and Bronze. Only 2,500 of the Silver medallions
will be minted, each bearing the famous "CC" Mint Mark. The Silver medallion
will be 1 ounce of .999 fine Silver; the Bronze medallion will be 1 ounce
Bronze. Medallions will be available starting August 16, 2008 at the State
Museum. Pre-order forms will be coming to this space soon.
Front face of the Silver medallion
Schedule of Events
Check the schedule below to find out
about the activities at the Nugget Lot and at the State Museum and the
Children's Museum. A full family fun day!
Schedule for August 16th (subject to change, of
Note: The Nevada State Museum Coin Education Fair continues on
for the complete Coin Education Fair schedule.
Enjoy FREE Live Entertainment
all day long at the Nugget Parking
Lot. Here's the schedule:
Map for Procession from Children's Museum to Birthday Bash:
Caution: Photoshopped Image Above.
Imaginary Scene at J.B. Mankin's Cabin with the Eagle tacked
above the doorway.
Carson Opera House and the Excelsior
Hotel, at Carson and Spear Streets - long gone.
In 2008, Carson City is celebrating
its Sesquicentennial or 150th birthday.
A group of present-day
Carson City residents has been planning
events for months, with most of their energy directed toward a
series of community block parties. Several downtown streets will
be cordoned off for the party and shuttles will bring in people
from off-site parking areas. Bands will play and historic
re-enactors will be in the characters of significant historic
figures from Carson
City's early history. There will be chili
cook-offs and coin show, tours of the Nevada State Museum
"It's another milestone for us," said Mayor Marv Teixeira of the
celebration. "I think what the committee has worked on so far will be fun.
It will be family oriented and people are going to have a good time doing a
myriad of things."
While the event may draw people from
other areas, the emphasis is squarely on creating a celebration for
residents of Carson City. It's a
perfect opportunity for children and newcomers alike to learn about the
community they live in, Teixeira said.
The committee, spearheaded by Nevada Appeal, includes elected officials,
state employees, first lady Dawn Gibbons and several other residents. They
hope other community groups pick up on the sesquicentennial and make it a
part of their plans this year.
"What we really want to do is honor Carson City's past by pulling the
community together using
the strength of the newspaper, all of the events already going on throughout
the year and the Nevada State Museum," said Lynette Cameron, regional
marketing director for Sierra Nevada Media Group, which includes the Appeal.
In addition to a weekly page on
Carson City's history, the Appeal will be printing a
commemorative historical edition prior to the block party.
The Appeal also commissioned a logo and slogan contest among its
staff. The winning logo chosen by the committee was designed by Mary
Weaver and the winning slogan, "Rich in history, true in character," was
written by Rob Galloway.
The logo, which is available for use by groups planning celebrations
this year, will be on one side of a special commemorative medallion to
be minted at the museum to mark the celebration.
Weaver said she made sure to incorporate the Capitol
dome and the V & T Railroad in her logo, emphasizing a design that
represented this city's historical past, yet showed the continued
movement toward the future.
The official date set for Carson City's
birthday is Aug. 12, the day the deed was signed transferring Eagle Ranch
from J.B. Mankins to the founders of the city, but since that falls on a
Tuesday this year, the committee set the big celebration for the following
From an article by Barry Ginter in the Nevada Appeal, Feb. 24, 2008
|Dr. Anton William Tjader
||Great-Grandson, Cal Tjader
Anton Tjader was
born in St. Petersburg,
Russia, in 1825.
In 1854 and 1855 he served as a surgeon in the Russian Army during the
Crimean Wars. Afterwards he immigrated to America. He enrolled in the Harvard Medical School,
from where he received his M.D. in 1857. After graduation he started working
at the U.S. Marine Hospital in
Massachusetts. In 1859 he left on
a wagon train to travel west.
journey west, his wagon train was ambushed by Indians in Utah. Several men were
killed, and Tjader was the only doctor available to treat the wounded. The
wagons reach Genoa
on September 2, 1859, and one of Tjader's first duties was describing the
massacre to the local Indian agent.
In May, 1860,
Tjader was involved in another Indian ambush, at
Pyramid Lake during the
Paiute Indian War. He was one of
a company that had gone to retaliate for an attack on
Williams Station a few days
before. The company was ambushed by Paiutes on the banks of the Truckee River, and 76 of the men were killed,
William Ormsby. Dr. Tjader did not
return with the other survivors.
But a few days later he arrived in Virginia City,
having hid in a bush for two nights to avoid the Indians.
Lucy Curry, daughter of
Abe Curry. It was the most lavish
wedding the Nevada Territory had ever seen. The marriage was
performed by Gov. Nye.
On July 7,
1870, Anton Tjader died after being ill for several months due to injuries
he sustained during the Pyramid Lake Wars. During the battle he was struck
in the chest by an arrow that was said to have damaged his heart. His death
has been attributed to the effects of that injury. He is buried in
Lone Mountain Cemetery. His widow
Lucy remarried two years later and lived until 1921.
born in 1925, was Grammy-winning Latin jazz musician
Famous guitarist Carlos Santana credits Tjader as an early influence.
Cal Tjader was a Latin jazz musician, though he also explored various other jazz idioms. Unlike other
American jazz musicians who experimented with the music from Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America, he never abandoned it, performing it until his death.
Tjader primarily played the vibraphone. He was also accomplished on the drums, bongos, congas, timpani, and the piano. He worked with numerous musicians
from several cultures. He played with Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Mongo Santamaria, Lalo Schifrin, Anita O'Day, and Chick Corea, to name a few. He is
often linked to the development of Latin rock and acid jazz. Although fusing jazz with Latin music is often categorized as "Latin jazz" (or, earlier,
"Afro-Cuban jazz"), Tjader's output swung freely between both styles.
He won a Grammy in 1980 for his album La Onda Va Bien, capping off a career that spanned over forty years.
In tribute to the late Cal Tjader, and in honor of all the founding families of Carson City, the Paul Roth Latin Jazz Quintet will perform at 3:30 PM at the Big Birthday Bash. The
Paul Roth Quintet is an ensemble of some of the most exciting and creative young musicians in the Reno and Carson area. The band members perform regularly throughout Northwestern Nevada and California, including Harrah's Showroom in South Lake Tahoe, the Reno Blues Festival, the Carson City "Jazz and Beyond" Festival, and the Reno Jazz Festival.
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Museums and Libraries
Fraternal and Service groups
Chamber of Commerce
Casinos and other businesses
Arts and Music organizations
Ethnic and Religious groups
Nevada Day Committee
Western Nevada Community College
and anyone else with ideas for the 150th
local composer might write a commemorative composition for
the Carson City Symphony for a public performance,
The Brewery Arts Center and the Proscenium
Players might wish to present original performances
depicting the founding of Carson City or honoring Curry, et
Local churches, particularly those approaching
their own Sesquicentennials, might wish to participate by
holding special services during the celebrations.
(Sent by someone who grew up here)
The Box Factory, owned and built by D.W.
Bliss. Where the present-day Copeland's Lumber is.
The box factory was owned by the Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Flume
Company, under Duane Bliss (he of the Bliss Mansion), and the
lumber was provided by the forests of Lake Tahoe.
If one examines the deed transferring the property from "J.B. Mankin[s]
to Curry, Proctor & Musser" on August 12, 1858, and filed with the
Ormsby County Recorder on June 11, 1862, a number of facts stand out.
First of all, B.F. Green, Frank Proctor's father-in-law, was not a
partner in the transaction, however he witnessed it and had the deed
recorded. Other reliable sources tell us that after the completion of
the deal, Proctor gave Green one-half of his one-third holding in the
Eagle Ranch. More importantly, while the selling price was $1,000, the
down payment was $300 and the balance was to be paid within thirty days.
There is no mention of mustangs in the deed, although that does not rule
out the possibility that Mankins later took the horses in lieu of cash.
Whatever the case, only Doris Cerveri, in writing her biography of
Abraham Curry (1990), ever examined the deed to confirm the legal terms
of the sale......
Guy Rocha, Nevada State Archivist
"I inquire if the correct name of this place is Carson City," asked M.
G. Parker of Silver City during the second Nevada State Constitutional
Convention in July 1864. Delegates were preparing to approve
Carson City as the proposed state capital of Nevada. "I named the city
myself," delegate and co-founder of Carson City Frank Proctor proudly
proclaimed on July 27, 1864, "Carson City is what we used to call it."
The passage of time has obscured the facts surrounding the beginnings
of Carson City, and today Abraham Curry is generally given the credit
for naming the town and not Proctor. Co-founders John Jacob Musser,
Benjamin Franklin Green and Francis Marion Proctor, who came with Curry
to Eagle Valley from Downieville, California in 1858, have been all but
Guy Rocha, Nevada State Archivist
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