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Carson City

Carson City County is named for the Carson River which is named after Christopher “Kit” Carson, who had a great deal to do with the discovery and mapping of the western territory.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Washoe County and Storey County

E – Lyon County

S – Douglas County

W – Placer County, California


Created:  April 1, 1969                                       Location within Nevada

– Independent City created from Ormsby County and the City of Carson City.

County Seat: 

Carson City  1969 – present


County Courthouse – Carson City


Location:  885 East Musser Street / Roop Street

Built:  1997 – 1999

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall of Los Angeles, California

Contractor:  Roche Constructors, Inc. of Greeley, Colorado


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of Carson City. The building is rectangular with two small north wings. The entrance is located on the west side of the most westerly wing. The walls are glass panels except for the solid brick north end section. The west wing has glass panels on the second and third stories. A band of concrete runs along the flat roof line. The building is named as the Carson City Public Safety Complex.


Old Ormsby County Courthouse – Carson City



Location:  100 South Carson Street / Musser Street

Built:  1920 – 1922

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Frederic J DeLongchamps of Reno

Contractor:  C G Sellman of Reno


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story yellow colored stone structure.  The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Carson City. The exterior consists of large limestone blocks quarried from the Carson City prison site by state inmates. On the east front are four large Tuscan-order columns rising to a pediment. The hipped roof is covered with standing seam tin. The building was remodeled in 2002. The architect was Robert M Oxoby and the contractor was Clark & Sullivan Construction. In 1999, the administrative offices moved from the courthouse into a new law enforcement center, several blocks to the east. The State of Nevada purchased the former courthouse in 1999 and now uses the structure for the offices of the Nevada Attorney General.


See:  Frederic J DeLongchamps designed courthouses located in Douglas County Humboldt County, Lander County, Lyon County, Perishing County and Washoe County. He also designed the California courthouse in Alpine County.


See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Storey County.


History:  The first courthouse was the Great Basin Hotel purchased from Abraham Curry for $42,500 in 1861. The second courthouse was constructed in 1920 to 1922 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1997 to 1999.



County Courthouse – Carson City













Old Ormsby County Courthouse – Carson City









Photos taken 2013