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.