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Masonic Temple (Virginia and Truckee Passenger Depot)

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Virginia and Truckee Passenger Depot
1872, Virginia and Truckee Railroad. 729 N. Carson St.
  • (Photograph by Julie Nicoletta)

Though it seems out of place today, the depot was once the main arrival and departure point for travelers to Carson City. The V&T Railroad tracks led from Virginia City and came down Washington Street just north of the depot. The one-story, wood-frame building is a rectangle oriented so that its long north side faced the tracks. The gable roof faces Carson Street; on that side a shed roof protects what is now the main entrance to the building. With its board-and-batten siding and wide overhanging eaves supported by crossed diagonal brackets, the depot is a classic example of railroad architecture of the period. The structure served as the depot until the closing down of the V&T Railroad in 1950. The Masons have used the building since 1952.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Masonic Temple (Virginia and Truckee Passenger Depot)", [Carson City, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 108-108.

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