Thursday Doors- Bowers Mansion

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Twice in October, I went out to Washoe City to tour the grounds of Bowers Mansion. Washoe City is between Carson City, and Reno, NV.  My goal was Fall Color, and Doors.  These images are about a week apart.

The story behind the mansion is one of Boom and Bust during the Comstock Lode years.

Let’s walk around the grounds, shall we?

For the History Buffs- we go to WikiPedia for this information:

The land originally was purchased in 1856 by Eilley and her second husband Alex Cowan, who returned to Utah a year later with other Mormon settlers. Eilley secured a divorce and moved to Gold Hill where she ran a boarding house and took in washing. Some miners, unable to pay for lodging and laundry with cash, gave Eilley Orrum pieces of their mining claims in payment. Thus she acquired the mining claim which, together with that belonging to her third husband Sandy, became the source of their fortune.

 

Bowers Mansion

Bowers Mansion

The mansion was the fulfillment of Eilley’s dreams of prestige and respectability. The mansion, designed by J. Neely Johnson, a builder and ex-governor of California, combined Georgian Revival and Italianate architectural styles. It was modeled after a design conceived by Eilley based on her recollection of elegant buildings in her native Scotland. Indeed, the Bowers employed stonecutters from Scotland for the construction of their new home, which eventually cost $300,000 to build,[2] an exorbitant sum in the 1860s. Eilley and Sandy toured Europe from 1861 to 1863, purchasing furniturestatuary, paintings and other adornments for their home. Unfortunately, during one of these trips abroad, Eilley Bowers’s only child, a daughter named Pearl, died.

Under the Boughs at Bower's Mansion

Following the death of Sandy Bowers in 1868, Eilley fell on hard financial times. She generated income by renting out rooms in the mansion and hosting parties and picnics on the grounds. The mansion hosted a ball for the women’s suffrage movement and was the location of the annual Miner’s Ball. The period of 1873–75 was the height of the mansion’s popularity.[3]

However, this was not enough to overcome Eilley’s debts and she finally lost her home to foreclosure in 1876. The mansion was abandoned by the time Henry Riter acquired it and operated it as a resort until 1946.

Front Door and Entry to Bower's MansionBowers Mansion

Today:

The building is currently owned and operated by the Washoe County Parks Department. Some 500 Nevada families have donated period furniture housed in the mansion. The park blends the historical site with recreational facilities such as a spring-fed swimming pool, picnic areas, and a playground. Tours of the mansion are given in summer and autumn.

~https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowers_Mansion

Bowers Mansion VIsitors Center

Bowers Mansion

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The Mansion tours were closed both days that I went to photograph the Mansion.  I plan to go back and tour the inside one day.

This post is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors.

Head over to his blog for his Thursday Doors, and see all the other doors people have posted this week.

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Wordless Weds. Barn Owl

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Barn Owl

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Whatever Weds. Fall Color

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I made this image a couple of week-ends back.

Fall along the Walker River

Fall color is quickly turning brown and more and more trees are bare.

I hope you’re all having an excellent week!

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Whatever Weds. Carson Valley Fall Morning

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This image is one I made last week. It was a gorgeous morning so, my next-door neighbor and I headed out to look for Fall colors earlier than planned. The morning did not disappoint.

Fall Morning Carson Valley 2019

This is my favorite image from the morning. I had it printed. It’s now hanging in my living room.  Do you print any of your images? If not, why not?

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Whatever Weds. Fall Color

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Fall color has been a bit patchy here, but last week a friend and I found a little along the Carson River.

Carson River Canyon

…some late bloomers,

Late Summer Wildflowers

and a Painted Lady. It’s been below freezing many nights and mornings this past week so I was surprised to see this butterfly still here.

Painted Lady Butterfly

I had a lovely visit with my Mom and Step-Dad.  I hope you’re all having a good week, and are making some fun plans for the week-end. I’m going to see my Grandson’s, and my Mom once more before she heads back to warm and sunny FL, and hopefully, I’ll see some more of Falls beautiful colors and delights.

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Whatever Wednesday:Beary Tale

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I went to see the Kokanee Salmon that are migrating upstream right now in South Lake Tahoe last Friday. I was hoping to see a bear since I just got butt shots of one the last time I went to see this migration back in 2010.

We saw salmon schools and some swimming around the creek, but no bears while we were there so, we went to look for fall color, have lunch, and return for the late afternoon, early evening and maybe see a bear come to the creek to eat.

We got lucky and a young black bear did come by to eat! It got really exciting for several seconds when the bear wanted to get up on the deck I and quite a few observers were on and cross to the other side.  This is how close I was. Right at the very edge of my focusing limit…too close! I and everyone else backed up and the bear hopped up on the bridge and I was still too close so we backed up more and the bear walked across the bridge and into the woods.

Black Bear

It looked like it was heading back to the creek but near the other bridge so, I made for that and sure enough, the bear went up on a huge beaver dam and started hunting for something to eat.  It didn’t fish. I wonder if it didn’t learn that skill?

Black Bear

That’s my bear tale.  It was pretty exciting and neat seeing it.

I hope you’re all having a lovely week!

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One-Liner Weds. Kids say the Darndest Things

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Last Saturday He-Man and I went to visit Baby Girl and the boys since it had been 3 weeks or so since we’d seen them and we missed the boys a lot!

#1 Grandson got out his mom’s guitar and was strumming and humming when suddenly he stopped playing and said, ” Grandma, for $5 dollars I’ll play you any song you want.”

Grandma for 5 Dollars I'll sing and play any song you want

I don’t know how it happened, but we all got songs for free!

Mine was short and sweet. It went like this, ” Grandma I love you the most, and you’re still number 1.”   It made my heart sing!

This post is part of LindaGHill’s One-Liner Wednesday weekly series. Click here to see all the entries, or join in if you have a One-Liner to share.

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