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Carson City, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Kit Carson 1843 – 44

 
 
Kit Carson 1843 – 44 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
1. Kit Carson 1843 – 44 Marker
Inscription.  
Unveiled June 10, 1989
Artist: Buckeye Blake
It was the winter of 1843-44 when Kit Carson along with the John C. Fremont expedition worked his way south from Pyramid Lake looking for an easy route across the Sierra Nevada. Carson, depicted here tracking his way through the mountains east of this location, was considered one of the best mountain men of the day. His name is still synonymous with the wide open spaces and lore of the American West, an image we still cherish as part of our freedom and heritage. It is the spirit and the love of the West that we honor with this statue.

Carson City takes its name from the Carson River which Fremont named to honor Kit Carson. The maps located on the ends of this monument show the routes and dates of Carson’s visits to Nevada.

Project Commissioner – Truett & Eula Lofton
This project wouldn’t have been possible if not for the tremendous support of Commissioner Lofton, Senator L.E Jacopsen, Shaw Construction, and the outstanding people who purchased the limited addition statues made to help fund the project. The Kit
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Carson Statue Project wishes to thank all these people for their interest, courage, insight and unselfish belief in this statue, the State of Nevada, and the heroic history of the American West.
Major Benefactors
Robert D. Paugh – Delbert L. Merriner – Robert L. Nolan – Bulbman – Michael E. & Cindy S. Parker – Henry C. Susan Thomas – Elwin O. Studebaker, Jr. – Truett Loften – Mike Schofield
Benefactors
Southwest Gas Corporation – D. & J. Millers – Richard Cercle – Peter J. Schultz – Gary and JoAnn Sheerin – Arthur T. Vogt – Dave Greenfield family – Harley-Davidson 1938 – Marie R. Wolf – Pannell Kerr Forster – Charmi &Tony Harrah – Carole Terry – Mike Schofield – Hoyt Axton – Ceasars Tahoe – Arlene & Bill Dose – Al A. Autrand – Circus Circus – Don F. & Marlena N. Hellwinkel – Barnett South – Robert D. Paugh – Bob & Beverly Archer – Governor’s Office of Nevada – Harrah’s Lake Tahoe – Bob Shaw – William N. & Leah R. Harris – Mr. & Mrs. Ron Worswick – Peg & Dan Courtney – Stuart E. & Mary O. Phelps Knapp – Dr. Stan Hanes – Ethel & Bob Blanz – John R. Leibee – Nevada Museum of Art –
Kit Carson 1843 – 44 Statue and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
2. Kit Carson 1843 – 44 Statue and Marker
John L. McLain – Walter & Dorothy Carson – Jack Pangborn – Charles & Carol Frederick – Ray Shaw – Tom Gibbons – Powell & Anita Ulich – Pat Garmon – Amanda M. Parker – Senator Laurence Jacobsen – Timothy Collins – Gary Liebhard – Mike Schofield – Louis & Betsy Patetta – Fred Radtke – Timothy P. Morsani – Eula Loftin – Ed Shaw – Ray Sund
Project Coordinator – Jack Harris

 
Erected 1989 by Kit Carson Statue Project.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is June 10, 1787.
 
Location. 39° 9.757′ N, 119° 45.978′ W. Marker is in Carson City, Nevada. Marker can be reached from South Carson Street (U.S. 395/50). Marker and statue are located on the grounds of the State Capitol in front of the Nevada Supreme Court Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 South Carson Street, Carson City NV 89701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Van Santvoord Curry (within shouting distance of this marker); Carson City (within shouting distance of this marker); Felice Cohn (within shouting distance of this marker); Tribute to Nevada Miners
Map Showing Routes and Dates of Kit Carson’s Travels Through Nevada. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
3. Map Showing Routes and Dates of Kit Carson’s Travels Through Nevada.
(within shouting distance of this marker); St. Charles Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Ormsby House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nevada’s Capitol (about 500 feet away); USS Nevada BB-36 (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carson City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kit Carson. “Like other white trappers, Carson traveled and lived extensively among Indians. His first two wives were Arapaho and Cheyenne, one of whom bore a daughter in 1836 and died shortly thereafter. But unlike other trappers, he gained renown for his honesty, courage and unassuming manner. According to one acquaintance, his "word was as sure as the sun comin' up." (Submitted on July 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 

2. Kit Carson. (Submitted on July 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
3. Find-A-Grave. Kit Carson Burial Site in Taos, New Mexico (Submitted on July 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 
 
Kit Carson 1843 – 44 Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
4. Kit Carson 1843 – 44 Statue
Kit Carson 1843 – 44 Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
5. Kit Carson 1843 – 44 Statue
Kit Carson image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
6. Kit Carson
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,699 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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