This museum displays the history of Carson Valley and the Indians and ranchers who settled here and grew the community. There are fabulous murals that depict covered wagons taking the early trails over the mountains, a room dedicated to the Washo Indians, actual wagons and equipment set up to re-create a scene as if you had just walked into a miner's camp. A tepee is set up as the Indians would have done it. Poster-size photographs depict the various families who first settled in the area and their contributions. Go downstairs and see displays of clothes and equipment used in early years. There's a fabulous library where one can buy a multitude of books covering related topics, like the Pony Express, local birds, people/places/and things. Also at very reasonable prices. The animals and wild animals who played such an important role are not forgotten either. The Center has special events throughout the year, not only to raise funds to support the museum but to entertain and educate visitors about the history of the area. Melodramas, chataquas, guest speakers talking about such famous people as the Earps, women who were influential in the development of the valley, and other persons of interest. Most can be seen in a few hours easily, but you'll want to spend more time to see everything in depth. It's most interesting and fabulously displayed.
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