on February 19, 2001
Carson City is in between Lake Tahoe and Reno. It is a very small state capital but a city worth a look. On the way to the airport we had some time to explore this area, and we chose to visit the State Museum. There were several other museums that looked interesting as well among which were the state's largest railroad museum and an interactive children's museum that might be worth a visit. A day in Carson City might also be a nice way to break up a week of skiing on a family vacation!The State Museum is in a building that used to be home to one of the US mints. Anyone with an interest in coins would enjoy the exhibits dealing with this history. It is also interesting to learn all about the silver mines that gave Nevada the nickname of the Silver State. Kids will like the state animals they will find on exhibit as well as the mining town replica. The museum is surprisingly large, and we spent a couple of hours there. The gift store has some nice things, tons of books, and is worth a look. The day we visited we also enjoyed the fact that we had the place practically to ourselves. My husband liked the gun collection. I enjoyed looking at some of the items owned by the many Chinese men who worked on the railroad. This is a nice family excursion.
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