Carson City, officially the Consolidated
Municipality of Carson City, is an independent city and the capital
of the US state of Nevada,
named after the mountain manKit Carson.
As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,274.
The majority of the population of the town lives in Eagle Valley, on the eastern edge of the Carson
Range, a branch of the Sierra Nevada. Carson City is about 30 miles
(50 km) south of Reno and originated as a stopover for California bound
emigrants, but developed into a city with the Comstock
Lode, a silver strike in the mountains to the northeast. The city has
served as the capital of Nevada since statehood in 1864 and for much of its
history was a hub for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad,
although the tracks were removed in the 1950s. Prior to 1969, Carson City was
also the county
seat of Ormsby County. In 1969, the county was
abolished, and its territory was merged with Carson City to form the
Consolidated Municipality of Carson City.
With the consolidation, the city limits today extend west across the Sierra
Nevada to the California state line in the middle of Lake Tahoe.
Like other independent cities in the United States, it is treated as a county-equivalent
for census purposes.