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CARSON CITY. The capital of Nevada, and county-seat of Ormsby County, 31 miles south of Reno, on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad (Map: Nevada, D 2). It is in a picturesque region, near the base of the Sierra Nevada, about 12 miles from Lake Tahoe, and contains the Capitol, Federal building, and a branch mint, which receives immense deposits of silver and gold ore. The State prison is 2 miles southeast of the city, and a United States Government Indian school is three miles to the south. Carson City is in a fertile agricultural region, and is engaged principally in mining, lumbering, and agriculture. Founded in 1858, it became the capital of Nevada in 1861, and was chartered as a city in 1875. Population, in 1890, 3950; in 1900, 2100.