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In the Cone Zone
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Work has been going on on the downtown road project for over a month now. The first phase of the project involved digging up old water and sewer lines that ran under the street and replacing them with new ones. For this the medians had to be torn out and trenches dug along the whole […]  more...

Work has been going on on the downtown road project for over a month now. The first phase of the project involved digging up old water and sewer lines that ran under the street and replacing them with new ones. For this the medians had to be torn out and trenches dug along the whole length of the street. That work seems to be mostly finished, so now work has moved on to the next phase: building the new wider sidewalks that are going to stretch from William St to Fifth Street.

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During the water line work, lanes were shifting all over the place, zig-zagging left and right to avoid the trenches. Now that this part has finished, the lanes seem to be strictly on the east side of the street so they can start working on the sidewalks on the west side.

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Some businesses, like the Firkin and Fox, have signs up letting everyone know they are still open during construction.

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Some sidewalks are still open for now, so businesses with their front doors on Carson Street can still be reached.

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The medians have been completely removed, and many crosswalks are closed. Only the major intersections are still open.

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The entire west side of the street is blocked off, even where there is no work currently happening, to prepare for sidewalk work.

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The utility trenches have been filled in with dirt, but there’s no reason to pave over them for now.

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Currently sidewalk work has begun north of Washington Street, on the west side. The pavement has been torn up and utility lines are being laid for things like light poles.

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Here at Sophia Street, the first of the new landscaping walls is being created. These low walls can be seen in this concept artwork, and will separate the sidewalk from the landscaped areas and well as providing seating.

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Work on the west side sidewalks is projected to continue until the end of June, then work will switch to the east side for July through September. All this work, plus repaving the road, is supposed to be done by Nevada Day.

Carson Street Construction
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Work has been going on on Carson Street for two weeks now. It started at William, but it has made its way down to Musser now. The medians north of Musser have been removed so that lanes can be reconfigured to avoid the utility work. Next week the medians south of Musser will be removed. […]  more...

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Work has been going on on Carson Street for two weeks now. It started at William, but it has made its way down to Musser now. The medians north of Musser have been removed so that lanes can be reconfigured to avoid the utility work. Next week the medians south of Musser will be removed. Some of the trees in the median are being moved to city parks, but the other shrubbery from the median is being offered free for the taking. You could have a downtown plant in your garden. Details are in the area road report for this week.

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Carson Street Before Construction: Part 4
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Our last look at Carson Street starts at Telegraph Street and goes north. Along this stretch of road there never was any landscaped median in the middle of the road, just a center lane that can be used for turns. The new road configuration is going to keep this center lane. So along here the changes […]  more...

Our last look at Carson Street starts at Telegraph Street and goes north. Along this stretch of road there never was any landscaped median in the middle of the road, just a center lane that can be used for turns. The new road configuration is going to keep this center lane. So along here the changes will be less drastic, but there will still be wider sidewalks, parallel parking, and other traffic calming measures to get people to slow down. The road work will extend all the way to William Street (Hwy 50), although this photo essay stops at Washington.

Telegraph to Robinson

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Now that work has started on the new road, keep checking back for some construction updates as everything we’ve seen here gets torn out this summer and replaced.

Carson Street Before Construction: Part 3
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Construction on Carson Street through downtown has been going on for nearly a week now, with lane closures and heavy equipment clogging up the street. But now we’re going to look back before the construction began, at the core stretch of downtown between Musser and Telegraph. This part of road has narrow sidewalks and close […]  more...

Construction on Carson Street through downtown has been going on for nearly a week now, with lane closures and heavy equipment clogging up the street. But now we’re going to look back before the construction began, at the core stretch of downtown between Musser and Telegraph. This part of road has narrow sidewalks and close storefronts, and until recently a fence keeping people from stumbling into traffic. The fence was supposed to be removed when the sidewalks were widened, but in a display of really weird timing the fence was actually removed three years ago, leaving narrow sidewalks with speeding traffic just inches away, not a pleasant walking experience. I think this part of downtown is going to benefit the most from the coming changes, and hopefully it will be a more pleasant place to walk when it’s all done.

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Carson Street Before Construction: Part 2
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On Monday the 7th the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Carson Street renovation project. The same day, utility work began to the north of downtown, with traffic reduced down to two lanes. This project is now officially underway, so our look at the street that is being torn out continues. Following on from the […]  more...

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On Monday the 7th the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Carson Street renovation project. The same day, utility work began to the north of downtown, with traffic reduced down to two lanes. This project is now officially underway, so our look at the street that is being torn out continues. Following on from the last post, this time we’ll look at the section between Second and Musser, in front of the Capitol Building.

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Third Street

Another component of this project is the permanent abandonment of Third Street between Carson and Curry to build a public plaza. The street now is mostly used for parking for the shops and restaurants along here. That parking will have to move to the city lot on the other side of Curry. Some of the most dramatic differences in the whole project will be along this one block stretch.

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Carson Street Before Construction: Part 1
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After years of talk, planning and debate, it is finally happening. The project to narrow Carson Street through downtown Carson City is beginning tomorrow. On March 7th a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11am at Third and Carson, in front of the Firkin and Fox, to launch this project. Over the course of this […]  more...

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After years of talk, planning and debate, it is finally happening. The project to narrow Carson Street through downtown Carson City is beginning tomorrow. On March 7th a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11am at Third and Carson, in front of the Firkin and Fox, to launch this project. Over the course of this summer and fall, the entire stretch of Carson Street from Fifth to William is going to be reworked. Where there is four lanes now, with a landscaped median in the middle for part of it, the final result will have one lane in each direction, a center turn lane all the way, wider sidewalks and landscaped curbs, and on-street parking.

But as this website is focused on the long view of how the town changes over time, I felt it was important to document the “before” views of Carson Street as we know it today, the four-lane Carson Street that will be going away. Over the next few posts I’ll be giving an in-depth photo gallery of the wide streets, narrow sidewalks, landscaped medians, and long crosswalks that have characterized downtown Carson City for decades. Right now it doesn’t seem very exciting, seeing pictures of a worn-out street that we’re all so familiar with. But in several years, when we have acclimated to the new downtown it will be interesting to go back and look at these, which will then be historical photos, and remember how it used to be.

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Next time we’ll look at Third Street, which is being completely closed for a new public plaza, and at the stretch of Carson in front of the Capitol.

Ormsby House Hits 15 Years of Dormancy
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I missed a pretty major anniversary a couple of days ago. The Ormsby House has been under renovation for 15 years! It was on September 21, 2000, that the owners of the Ormsby House announced that they would be closing the hotel for a major remodel, and on October 29, 2000 at midnight they locked […]  more...

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I missed a pretty major anniversary a couple of days ago. The Ormsby House has been under renovation for 15 years! It was on September 21, 2000, that the owners of the Ormsby House announced that they would be closing the hotel for a major remodel, and on October 29, 2000 at midnight they locked the doors for the last time. The above meme has been making the rounds on Facebook, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect!

The big post I did for the Ormsby House’s 10th anniversary, in 2010, has a history of that summer/fall of 2000 when plans for the remodel became public.

Halloween Decorations 2015
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Another Autumn is here, and that means the west side of Carson City is crawling with Halloween decorations again. The Governor’s Mansion sets the tone for the whole neighborhood, and many houses put on elaborate displays. Although I’ve been noticing a trend. I’ve been looking at and photographing these decorations every year for a decade, […]  more...

Another Autumn is here, and that means the west side of Carson City is crawling with Halloween decorations again. The Governor’s Mansion sets the tone for the whole neighborhood, and many houses put on elaborate displays.

Although I’ve been noticing a trend. I’ve been looking at and photographing these decorations every year for a decade, and I notice that the number of decorations keeps dropping. People move out, people stop doing it, several houses that have had elaborate displays in the past are now vacant or under renovation, or there are new residents that just aren’t as into the holiday spirit. For a variety of reasons, the awesomeness of Halloween on the west side is dwindling.

It’s sad to see it disappearing and I hope it’s a trend that reverses itself. But there are still quite a few houses decked out for the holiday. Enjoy this photo gallery, and if you can make it down for trick or treating tonight, these displays look so much better at night.

Ten Years of Around Carson
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10 years ago I had an idea for a website. It was based on a movement that was actually kind of new back then, creating an entire website dedicated to a town or neighborhood, completely focused on things that were happening in that local area. It was called “hyperlocal”, and I wrote a post called […]  more...

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10 years ago I had an idea for a website. It was based on a movement that was actually kind of new back then, creating an entire website dedicated to a town or neighborhood, completely focused on things that were happening in that local area. It was called “hyperlocal”, and I wrote a post called “Hyperlocal Carson City” outlining some of my ideas. Also at the same time the Nevada Appeal was starting up a blog, and actually beginning to allow comments on some of the articles. It was an exciting time, and I felt the time was right so I launched Around Carson. At first there were ways for anyone to sign up and post, and it was much more than just a blog. There were photo galleries, and restaurant reviews, and I really wanted to build a place where people from all over the community could come together and build a site based on the shared contributions of many people. That didn’t happen, and it turned out to be just me as the only contributor, with maybe 2-3 other people that would chime in a couple of times a year.

So eventually Around Carson became what it is now, a single-voice blog about history and photos of Carson City. Since I’m the only one working on the site, it kinds of waxes and wanes depending on my interest levels. Sometimes I’ll have a huge burst of energy and do a big bunch of posts, sometimes I’ll lose interest and the site will sit abandoned for a while. That’s what’s been happening lately.

But don’t worry, Around Carson is not dead. It’s just kind of neglected. I didn’t want the 10-year anniversary to pass by without mention, though. And hopefully I’ll find the time and interest to get back into posting here. I really like some of the threads I’ve latched onto by making posts here. It’s a good creative outlet and I don’t want to let go of it. I just hope that I’ll still have some readers left when I do start back up again.

Until then, I have been semi-active on the Around Carson Facebook page. It takes a little less time and energy to post on there, so I do it more often. I’ll post small snippets, or a photo from around town, or link to something interesting going on. If you haven’t been paying attention to the Facebook page, you should check it out.

And keep checking back here. We’re not dead yet, and there’s sure to be new posts someday! Thanks for 10 years, and here’s to many more!

Carl?s Jr Closing
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Earlier this year, one of the oldest fast food restaurants in Carson was torn down when the McDonald’s at Winnie was demolished. It was quickly rebuilt in the same spot, brand new and state of the art. We are now about to lose another one of the oldest fast food restaurants, the Carl’s Jr at […]  more...

Earlier this year, one of the oldest fast food restaurants in Carson was torn down when the McDonald’s at Winnie was demolished. It was quickly rebuilt in the same spot, brand new and state of the art. We are now about to lose another one of the oldest fast food restaurants, the Carl’s Jr at the Carson Mall.

The McDonald’s at Winnie dated back to the 1970s. I’m not sure if Carl’s Jr is quite that old, but it dates back to the 1980s at least. Perhaps some old timers will remember exactly when it opened. Through the growth of retail and dining in Carson City, through the loss of other fast food franchises in the area like Burger King and Long John Silver, through several remodels of the Carson Mall, the Carl’s Jr has stood through the decades. But now its time is at an end.

The restaurant is closing today, the 12th of September. I went in yesterday and it was already something of a ghost town, fixtures being removed, half the menu items sold out, even the Coca Cola tap was empty, with no hope of ever being restocked.

I had heard rumors about Carl’s closing, back in the Spring when Sportsman’s Warehouse was built built and the Dutch Bros coffee was picked up and moved across the parking lot. The plan then was for some something similar to happen to Carl’s Jr. Just like the McDonald’s, this aging hulk would be torn down, making way for more prime parking spots in front of the mall, and a brand new Carl’s Jr would rise at the south end of the parking lot, a spot that had long been neglected and empty. It seemed like a sound plan.

Well that plan fell apart. According to the Nevada Appeal, Carl’s Jr changed their mind and decided to look at other locations in town. A comment on Facebook says it was the mall who didn’t want Carl’s as a tenant anymore. Whoever made the final decision, no new Carl’s will be built on the Mall property.

This isn’t the end of Carl’s Jr in Carson City, though. According to the same article, there are plans to build two new ones in Carson, one on South Carson street near the Toyota dealership (maybe on the empty lot next to Michael’s Cycle Works?) and the other out on Hwy 50 East. Those aren’t expected to open until after the new year, though. As far as I know, ground hasn’t broken on either of them yet.

So there will be a gap where you’ll have to go to Reno if you want to get your Six Dollar Burger (now only $8) or Chicken Stars. Maybe one day Carl’s Jr will come back, but for now, there will be a hole at the Carson Mall. Soon the building will be torn down (after fire department training) and the site paved over for more parking. Another new tenant is lined up for that front section of the mall, Action Home Furnishings. That is supposed to be open by October and work has already started on the space. There are lots of changes happening at the Carson Mall these days, and it seems to be more lively than ever.

The future just doesn’t involve drive-thru burgers.



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