“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Carson City, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Nevada State Children’s Home

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By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
1. Nevada State Children’s Home Marker
Inscription. The Nevada Orphan’s Asylum, a privately funded institution, was opened in Virginia City May 1867 by Sister Frederica McGrath and two other nuns of the Sisters of Charity. By 1870, most of its functions were taken over by the Nevada Orphans’ Home at Carson City, authorized in 1869 by the Legislature and constructed on this site. The first child admitted October 26, 1870.

In 1903, the first building gave way to a larger one, constructed of sandstone from the State Prison Quarry east of Carson City. This edifice, a Carson landmark, served until 1963 as Nevada’s Home for Dependent and Neglected Children. In the 1940’s its name was changed to The Nevada State Children’s Home. During the 1950’s, the name “Sunny Acres” was also used.

The stone building was in turn replaced in 1963, in accordance with the modern concept of family-sized groups housed in cottages.

State Historical Marker No. 72
Commemorating a Century of State Service to the
Children of Nevada
Carson City Historical Commission
Nevada State Park System

Erected by Carson City Historical Commission and the Nevada State Park System. (Marker Number 72.)
Location. 39° 9.601′ N, 119° 
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By Syd Whittle, July 6, 2009
2. Nevada State Children’s Home Marker
45.863′ W. Marker is in Carson City, Nevada. Marker is at the intersection of South Stewart Street and East 7th Street, on the right when traveling south on South Stewart Street. Touch for map. The site is now the Carson City Boys and Girls Club. Marker is in this post office area: Carson City NV 89701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kit Carson 1843 – 44 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham Van Santvoord Curry (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Charles Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Carson City (approx. ¼ mile away); Charles W. Friend House, Observatory, and Weather Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Nevada’s Capitol (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Carson City (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Fraternal Site of Carson City (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carson City.
Also see . . .
1. The Nevada State Children's Home. (Submitted on July 13, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. New Amended Text for Marker. The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently updated the text of the roughly 260 state historical markers in Nevada. The Nevada SHPO placed the amended text of the markers on its website for each individual marker and will change the actual markers in the field as funding allows. Changes have been made to the marker for grammar,
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Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress), circa 1940
3. Nevada State Children’s Home
Building/structure dates: 1875 initial construction
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readability, and content. Dates regarding its founding and name change have been modified, and it is indicated that the facility closed in 1992. The link will take you to the Nevada SHPO page for the marker with the amended text. (Submitted on October 24, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
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