Bower’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.
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.
G. Winkler ©2014