The Nevada State Prison, which closed on 12 May 2012, is open again for tours as a historic and educational landmark.
The historic site is located just off East Fifth Street, at 3301 Warm Springs Court.
Our preservation efforts are well underway, and we invite you to visit and experience this unique site.  After all, the territory and the state government began here! Please check out our Tours page for more information.
Please enjoy this website and learn more about our preservation efforts.

Did You Know?
*The first Nevada Territorial Legislature was held at Abraham Curry’s Warm Springs Hotel on the site where the prison now sits. The year was 1862. Mark Twain reported on this session.
*Abraham Curry, the father of Carson City, became the first Territorial Prison Warden.
*The prison quarry and its inmate labor force supplied the hand hewn sandstone blocks for some of Nevada’s most famous buildings, including the Capital.
* As subsequent layers were removed from the sandstone quarry, dozens of fossilized pre-historic animals were revealed, including footprints of a giant sloth living 1.6 million years ago. The footprints were initially thought to be from an ancient race of giant humans!
* The Nevada State Prison had a casino where inmates were allowed to gamble from 1932 to 1967. The casino included sports betting, horse racing, craps, blackjack and poker.
*Convict Lake in Mono County, California received its name when a group of escaped convicts from the Nevada State Prison engaged in a famous shoot out with the posse that had trapped them there. This was one of the most notorious and deadly prison escapes in the 19th century.
* Until 1873, the Lieutenant Governor was also the State Prison Warden.
*Nevada’s most famous architect, Frederic J. Delongchamps, designed three major buildings at the Nevada State Prison.
* In October of 2015, the Nevada State Prison was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Recent news

Tour Dates for the 2022 Season!
The Board of Directors set the following dates and times for the 2022 tour season of the Historic Nevada State Prison. Each tour day will...
General Membership Meeting!
Nevada State Prison Preservation Society (NSPPS) will hold its General Membership Meeting on Saturday, 13 November, starting at 10.00...
NSP Tours!
Our 2021 Tour Season has ended. We had tours on 20 days from May through October, and delighted over 1,000 visitors.We thank everybody...
Nevada Day at NSP Status
We had 144 tickets available for a special event on Nevada Day 2020. All 144 tickets were issued overnight, and we had 60 additional...
‘The Mustang’ released in select movie theaters
'The Mustang,' the movie shot at Nevada State Prison in 2017, made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival and is currently in limited...
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