(Carson City, Nev.) – A candlelight vigil will set the mood for tales of Carson City’s (www.visitcarsoncity.com) rich past of booms and busts and the ghosts who still haunt the area during the 15th annual Ghost Walking Tour, Saturday, May 23, 2008.
The tour begins at the Firkin & Fox Restaurant (formerly the St. Charles Hotel), at 6:30 p.m. Tour guides will tell colorful truths, tales and legends about the buildings and owners of yesteryear.
The guided walking tour along the historic Kit Carson Trail features 1800s Victorian-style homes and costumed docents. Stops along tour include:
Bliss Mansion – home of lumber and railroad magnate Duane L. Bliss. Bliss made his fortune with the Lake Tahoe Narrow Gauge Railroad that carried timber from Lake Tahoe to Virginia City's mines.
Ferris Mansion – home of George Ferris, Jr., inventor of the Ferris Wheel for the Chicago World Columbian Exposition in 1893.
Rinckel Mansion – built by the fortune of Mathias Rinckel, a forward-looking meat magnate who struck it rich supplying Gold Rushers and Lake Tahoe lumbermen.
Krebs-Peterson House – featured in the movie, The Shootist, actor John Wayne’s last film.
Brewery Arts Center – once the home of Tahoe Beer, “Famous at the Lake,” now is an artist’s haven with theatrical productions, concerts, pottery classes and artisan gift shop.
With the popularity of this annual event, advance reservations are recommended by calling 775-687-7410 or 1-800-NEVADA-1. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The 1.5-mile route is flat and easy to walk.
The 2.5-mile Kit Carson Trail, follows a sidewalk route marked by a blue line and inlaid bronze medallions signifying historical points of interest. Annual themed walks along the Trail include the Ghost Walk in late October and the Victorian Home Christmas Tour in early December. For self-guided tours with stories of featured houses and points of interest at any time download podcasts at http://www.visitcarsoncity.com/assets/history/talking_houses.xml, or individual MP3s at http://www.visitcarsoncity.com/attractions/kitcarson_talkinghouses.php, or by purchasing a refundable $5 CD at the Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau, next to the Railroad Museum. Complimentary maps of the route are available at the CCCVB.
Nestled 30 minutes between Reno and Lake Tahoe, Carson City boasts an array of fine restaurants, challenging golf courses, historical attractions, museums and gaming opportunities. Visitors will find plenty of open space, fresh mountain air and friendly residents. For more information regarding any of Carson City’s annual events and attractions, or for room package information, call 775-687-7410 or 1-800-Nevada-1, or visit www.visitcarsoncity.com.