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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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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Friday Most Fowl- Great Horned Owl Pair

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This pair is living in a barn on a ranch not too far from me. The owners were kind enough to let me and a birding friend wander around for a bit.

Great-horned Owl Pair

These two were a real treat to see.

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Thursday Doors Nº302

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A friend came up to meet me for a meet-up over the week-end and after a long day of hiking, and elevation gain she spent the night in our guest room. We both were a bit wiped out after 8 miles of hiking and several hundred feet of elevation gain so, we stuck closer to my area rather than go hiking again on Sunday.  I’m still suffering from elevation sickness when going up, and so was she.  I hope this isn’t going to be an issue for my whole life!

My left hip was really achy too and has been for a year or more. Anna, my friend suggested P/T for it. That got me thinking about stretching so I dug out my Yoga book and Monday I added 4 stretches to my morning routine that I have left out for a couple of years. After 3 days of incorporating the hip stretches my hip feels so much better! I love yoga stretches!

Anyway,  I digress. One of the things she wanted to do was see the area so we did a photo walk of downtown Carson City’s Civic Center. Carson City is the closest “biggish” town to me now.

Thankfully, Carson City has kept some of its old west charms and St Charles Hotel/The Fox BrewPub is a Historic building located across the street from the Capitol Building that is one of those charming buildings that has been preserved and is still in use today.  Carson City is the Capitol of Nevada for those out of the country who may not know that.

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For the History Buffs, I gleaned some information about the Hotel/BrewPub from Carsonpedia. I’ve linked their page below.

“The hotel was originally built as two separate buildings. The northern, three-story, section was started on April 1, 1862, and was named the St. Charles Hotel. Construction on the southern two-story building started one month later, and it opened as the Muller Hotel. The builders were George W. Remington and Albert Muller, and they partnered with Dan Plitt who owned a bakery on the corner where the hotel was to be built. The hotel was first advertised in the October 2, 1862 edition of the Silver Age newspaper. It was called “the most desirable and commodious first-class house in Carson,” and “the pleasantest resort in Carson and where everything kept by the bar is the best quality.” ~http://carsonpedia.com/St._Charles_Hotel

Isn’t it interesting that no one of those who were invested in or partnered in the venture was named Charles?  Who was Charles? I want to know. Was it a neutral name that all could agree to so no one was bigger or more acknowledged than the other?

The Hotel has had some successful years and quite a few failed years and has had 8 name changes since its construction in 1862 and a few owners.

I love how literate the people were back then. No one says commodious anymore and it’s a terrific and descriptive word.

It is said that Mark Twain likely had a drink there since he lived in Carson City for a spell. I wonder if that was after his friends saved him from a pistol duel that he was challenged to in Virginia City where he lived for a couple of years? It’s said his closest friends knew he was a really bad shot and wanted him to live and continue writing, so they helped him get of town in the dead of night to avoid the duel.  I’ll have to research that.  I do know that he and his brother traveled by an Overland Coach to Carson City from St Joseph, Mo. in 1861 for $150.00! That was a princely sum in those days! I’m gobsmacked that they paid so much then! Are you?  He wrote about his journey to Carson City in his book Roughing It. I bought it and have been slowing reading it.  It’s really good! FYI. There’s a really great Mark Twain Impersonator in Virginia City. One day I hope to find him alone without some modern person speaking to him to get a photo of him. He’s really great, but there’s been a modern person speaking with him both times I’ve come across him, and I waited, and waited, and waited, Good Lord these people can talk! I have given up both times and moved on after 5 minutes. I just don’t have the patience to wait that long for a “people” shot.  I’ll wait hours for a landscape or night sky shot, but not a people shot. My heart just isn’t in it.  Hat Tip to those who will wait for that shot! You are amazing!

I digress again! History has so many twists and turns that I tend to get caught up in one or another and go off on tangents for awhile. I eventually come back to the point but…I love history. That probably should have been my major, but it wasn’t.  It was my son’s though ( Big Baby Boy)…so the beat goes on. 😀 I’m talking way too much, aren’t I…

Today in 2019 it is the Historic St. Charles Hotel/Fox BrewPub

If you’re interested in reading its history click the link to read it. It’s a short read.   http://carsonpedia.com/St._Charles_Hotel

The door is small from this angle, but I loved the whole building with its red bricks, door, white trim, and balcony. I didn’t get closer for a close up of the door and now that I’m typing this up I thought, ” DOH! We should have had lunch there!”  We didn’t.  We went to a new to me but a new favorite of mine called Jimmy Johns.  I love their Tuna on Thick Wheat Bread. Do you have a Jimmy Johns where you live? We didn’t in Silicon Valley.  I need to snap a photo of the sandwich too! I’m usually so hungry by the time I get to the restaurant or deli that I inhale my meal and forget to get a photo of it. Sigh…I’m not a good foodie photog.

I think if the topic fit I should have written this for Stream of Consciousness Saturday cause I’m digressing all over the place, but… it’s not. So, a little bitty view of a red door on very cool Historic building with a whole lot of verbiage is what I’m bringing today to Thursday Doors.

This is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors.  If you have a door or two to share head on over to his blog and join in the fun or just head over and see the doors others have shared from all over the world. Just follow his directions at the end of his Thursday door post.

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Whatever Weds. Great-tailed Grackle

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This bird was on the back fence competing for food with the Yellow-headed Blackbirds making rather lewd calls to scare them off.

He looks a bit grumpy, doesn’t he?

Blackbird

Since we’ve been pretty well settled in we’ve been having family and friends come to visit which is why I’ve been less active on the blog lately.

Baby Girl, the Handsome Surveyor, and the boys came for Mother’s Day and my Birthday, then a good friend stopped by for the night while traveling, and we’ve had Big Baby Boy home for 5 days. Sadly, he’s heading back to SOCAL today.

Both the kids said, “it feels like home!” at the new house and are happy, and like it here too.

The weather has been a bit gloomy lately and driving home from Baby Girl’s Sunday we had snow in the mountains. It was a gorgeous winter wonderland with the tall pines flocked in snow.

On the homefront- I’m still waiting for the countertop for the base laundry room cabinets to come in. The pantry cabinet I ordered arrived damaged and went back, and a wall cabinet got smashed in transit and I’m waiting for that replacement.

The closet shelving in the office and retreat are complete, and He-Man’s Master Closet is finished. He wasted no time filling it up!

The house in Silicon Valley went on the market Friday.  Here’s hoping for a sale soon!

I hope you all are having a good week!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them”- Walt Disney

Full Rainbow over Spooner Lake

I feel sort of discombobulated this year, and don’t really know what I’ll be blogging about regularly this year.  I’ve done a 52 weeks project for a number of years in a row. I’ve done one on macro, landscapes, this and that, birds, doors, and Wordless Wednesday… I might do one using just my LensBaby lenses this year. I haven’t done that before, and I do love my LensBaby even when it’s being stubborn and challenging.

I’m also not feeling very chatty of late. I hope that changes this year. Not that I’m going to be writing pages or anything! I know how precious your time is, and I don’t want to keep you too long or BORE you to death!  Hopefully my images are strong enough to carry the story without too much verbiage!  Oh Lord, I just thought about reading D. H. Lawrence and how verbose he was. UGH! Great writing, but oh so many words! 🙂

So, let me tell you about this image.  It’s a 10 frame panorama. I made these frames hand-held. I know BIG Faux pas. I even had my tripod! When don’t I?:)  But it was a drizzly stormy day. He-Man and I were in NV tidying up the new house and getting it ready to turn over to a Property Manager to put up for rent. Gordon of undiscoveredimages amoungus and his wife were in Lake Tahoe so, we met up at Spooner Lake hoping to do some night sky photography. Unfortunately, due to the rain and clouds we didn’t see the stars, but we did see this beautiful rainbow.

After photographing the lake for a bit I went up the rise where I made a dozen frames with the idea of stitching together a panorama.  Realizing there wasn’t going to be a night shoot I said my farewells to Gordon, his wife, and family, and went up the hill to meet He-man who had the car nice and warm.  We headed back to NV for dinner, and a cozy night in our house.

This was the first time I’ve been able to capture the whole rainbow in an image! There are several flaws with the image. Please don’t look too close.   One day I will apply myself to making the perfect panorama, but it wasn’t on this afternoon. 🙂

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Holiday, and have a wonderful, healthy, prosperous New Year! I really appreciate all the support and friendships I have made here and look forward to continuing our friendship, and reading your blogs, and maybe meeting up with some of you this year. You’re the BEST! xx

Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm @ 105mm| f/10|ISO 500| SanDisk Digital Film| Hand-Held pano| 10 frames stitched with PS CC 2018

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