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Governor's Mansion celebrates 100 years

For its first 45 years as a state, Nevada didn't have a residence for its chief executive.

That's why there are at least a half-dozen homes on Carson City's west side that can claim to be the home of a governor.

The state Legislature finally got a bill passed to build a mansion in 1907. Gov. John Sparks initially opposed the idea, saying Nevada had more pressing financial needs than a mansion. But he bowed to public pressure and signed the bill appropriating $40,000 to build it.

Sparks made clear he didn't want to live there, and he never did …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Sep 7, 2009 06:51PM Published Sep 6, 2009 02:33AM Copyright 2009 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.