Just south of Reno, there is a county park with some fantastic history. Bower’s Mansion hails from the heyday of mining on the Comstock and the riches of the wild west. The property has changed ownership several times and still struggles to survive but it remains, as beautiful as ever.
Throughout the month of June, the park as put on a Friday night “Programs on the Porch” series and I have gone with my family. Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair and picnic dinner to enjoy free shows with everything from cowboy poetry to tales of the Donner Party.
This park is one of those magic places that reminds everyone of their childhood, no matter where you grew up or what parks you visited. There is a public swimming pool here fed from a natural hot spring. The grounds are beautiful, the trees majestic. If you have ever lived within a 100 miles of the park, you probably have more than one memory of a family picnic or school field trip to visit. There is even an old cemetery up the hill that you can hike to and the tour of the mansion by park rangers have inspired many campfire tales.
Here are a few of my Instagram photos from my family’s evenings at the park:
The cowboy in this photo is Richard Elloyan. Fantastic performer — we bought a couple of CDs that night.
I love the fountain in front of the mansion. The view over to the rest of the valley never disappoints.
I took quite a few photos inside the mansion but this one is my favorite. Legend is that the mistress of the mansion was a fortune teller … I wonder what her crystal ball shows for us in this shot?
I have a thing for old chandeliers and light fixtures. The light on this one was just right to get all of the red. That’s not a filter. The ceiling reflected red. Cool–creepy.
For more information on the history of the mansion and the park, please visit http://www.washoecounty.us/parks/parkdetails~pkid=1.