There are many beautiful historic houses in Nevada. Many of the more luxurious historic houses were built during the mining days while miners were striking it rich. Sadly, many of these houses no longer exist because they were either demolished or they burned down. Luckily, many historic houses are still standing throughout Nevada, and listed below are eight that you should definitely check out.
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1. Savage Mansion - Virginia City, NV
Savage Mansion, built in 1861 during the Comstock Era, served as an office for the Savage Mining Company. The first floor of the mansion was where the office was located, and the upper two floors were where many superintendents and businessmen stayed. In 1879, after a parade was held in his honor, President Ulysses S. Grant gave a speech to the townspeople from the second-floor balcony. Savage Mansion is located at: 146 D St, Virginia City, NV 89440.
2. Nevada State Governor's Mansion - Carson City, NV
Nevada became a state in 1864, but the Governor's Mansion wasn't completed until 40+ years later. During that time, Nevada governors and their families had to find somewhere else to live. The mansion cost $22,700 to build and was first occupied in 1909 by Governor Denver Dickerson and his family. Nevada State Governor's Mansion is located at: 606 N Mountain St, Carson City, NV 89703. The mansion is open to the public for tours on the last Saturday in October, which is Nevada Day.
3. Bowers Mansion - New Washoe City, NV
Bowers Mansion was built in 1863 by Lemuel "Sandy" Bowers and his wife, Eilley Bowers. This mansion is a great example of the luxurious homes that were built in Nevada by the new millionaires of the Comstock Lode mining boom. Bowers Mansion cost $300,000 to build, which was a huge amount back then. (It's a huge amount today!) After Sandy died, Eilley could no longer afford the house and eventually lost it to foreclosure in 1876. After a few years of being left abandoned, Bowers Mansion was purchased and operated as a resort until 1946. Bowers Mansion is now owned and operated by the Washoe County Parks Department and is located at: 4005 Old U.S. 395 N, New Washoe City, NV 89704.
4. Piper-Beebe House - Virginia City, NV
The Piper-Beebe House was built in 1876--after the "Great Fire" of 1875 destroyed most of the city. This house was owned by Edward Piper, operator of Piper's Opera House. After his death, the house was purchased by Charles Clegg and Lucius Beebe, the operators of the Territorial Enterprise,( which was the original newspaper of the Comstock.) The Piper-Beebe House is located at: 2 South A St, Virginia City, NV 89440. This house is privately owned.
5. The Dake House - Genoa, NV
The Dake House, built by C.W. Dake in 1872, is located in Genoa, Nevada's oldest town. The Dake House is one of only a few Gothic Victorian houses in Nevada. Mrs. Dake died in 1876. After Mr. Dake died in 1909, the house was sold to T.P. Hawkins, a well-known Pony Express rider. Mr. Hawkins and his wife had 9 children. The children hated the house because it had no heat and they had to place a warm brick in their bed at night to stay warm. Today, The Dake House is an antique shop and events are held there throughout the year to help with its upkeep. The Dake House is located at: 2242 Main St, Genoa, NV 89411.
6. W.C. Record House - Winnemucca, NV
The W.C. Record House was built in 1874. Its architectural style is Gothic Revival, and it's the only Gothic Revival house still standing in Winnemucca. The W.C. Record House is now used for a surveying company and it's located at: 146 W 2nd St, Winnemucca, NV 89445.
7. Ferris Mansion - Carson City, NV
Ferris Mansion is a historic house that was built in 1863 by Gregory A. Sears, a prominent Carson City businessman. It's a beautiful Colonial and Georgian Revival style house that was later owned from 1868-1890 by George W.G. Ferris, Jr., the future inventor of the Ferris wheel. Ferris Mansion is located at: 311 W 3rd St, Carson City, NV 89703.
8. Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park - Minden, NV
Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park was founded by Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg, Sr. in 1857. He built the ranch house in the early 1860s, and a cellar, barn and bunkhouse were added in the 1870s. Shortly after that, the ranch grew to 48,000 acres. The Dangberg Family formed the H.F. Dangberg Land and Livestock Company, which managed all of the ranch's activities. H.F. Dangberg, Jr. later founded the town of Minden on the family's land, and many of Minden's earliest buildings were built there. Dangberg Home Ranch Historical Park is located at: 1450 Hwy 88, Minden, NV 89423.
What other historic houses in Nevada would you recommend checking out? Post in the comments below!