Classic Tale of Boom and Bust

Bowers 02Bower’s Mansion is located on the western side of Washoe Valley nestled in between the Carson Valley and the Truckee Meadows, both areas are the homes of three of the largest cities in Northern Nevada; Carson City, Reno, and Sparks.   The mansion was built in the mid 1800’s with riches of the local mining boom.  And like most of the mining boom tales of riches and adventures throughout the west, most of them have an abundance of suffering and sorrow.  The saga of Bower’s Mansion is no different although thanks to the efforts of the people of the area, the mansion remains still a beautiful attraction for future generations to enjoy.  The stately grounds have now become a State Park.  For location and more historical information, click here.

Historic Bower's Mansion located in Washoe Valley at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Historic Bower’s Mansion located in Washoe Valley at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Facing east across where Washoe Lake is usually located - this year the drought is really bad.

Facing east across where Washoe Lake is usually located – this year the drought is really bad.

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Section of the trail to the graves.

Section of the trail to the graves.

As a kid I was lucky enough to enjoy the summer time visits to the large outdoor pool, play on the playground, have parties in the picnic areas, and hike up the grave site on the hillside.  And as I got older I took the tour of the mansion.  So when a sunny false Spring day happened in mid February, I jumped at the opportunity to do something I have not done in perhaps 20 years or so.  I took my two best companions, my camera, and took a walk around the Bower’s Mansion Park.

The following series of images are the photos I took on that sunny midday walk.  Sometimes we find ourselves in locations or situations where we do not wish to be, and during these moments it is wise to find aspects that bring joy to our hearts and creativity to our minds.  Not to mention a little healthy exercise.    So this was my attempt to bring a bit of much needed fun and relaxation to myself and my companions.

Elegant front porch of Bower's Mansion.

Elegant front porch of Bower’s Mansion.

Nice details to the stair railing.

Nice details to the stair railing.

Building structure of stone located behind the mansion.

Building structure of stone located behind the mansion.

Large farming equipment of an earlier time period.

Large farming equipment of an earlier time period.

Part of the display inside of the small stone building.  Note the interesting illustration of how complicated the mines could get within the Comstock Lode.

Part of the display inside of the small stone building. Note the interesting illustration of how complicated the mines could get within the Comstock Lode.

The back courtyard area of the mansion.

The back courtyard area of the mansion.

One of the large picnic areas available at the park.

One of the large picnic areas available at the park.

Bower's family burial site.

Bower’s family burial site.

Fantastic view from the trail to the graves.  The back side of the mansion can be seen below.

Fantastic view from the trail to the graves.   The back side of the mansion can be seen below.

Unique twisted trunk along the trail up to the grave site.

Unique twisted trunk along the trail up to the grave site.

Some of the natural vegetation of the area.

Some of the natural vegetation of the area.

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View in the direction of Carson City, Nevada, possibly of the Pine Nut Range?

View in the direction of Carson City, Nevada, possibly of the Pine Nut Range?

View of Washoe Valley and a very low Washoe Lake.  The valley gets its name from the native tribe - the Washoe People.

View of Washoe Valley and a very low Washoe Lake.     The valley gets its name from the native tribe – the Washoe People.

G. Winkler  ©2014

Everyone once and a whole I don't mind including a picture of the author.

Everyone once and a while I don’t mind including a picture of the author.

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Gretchen Winkler is a Writer, Artist, Radio Show Co-Host, Costume Designer, and ordered Knight. For the past 20 years she has authored several informational websites, started several technical companies, and has been an avid student of art, literature, history, technology.

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