Book launch set for ‘Nevada State Prison’ |

Book launch set for ‘Nevada State Prison’

Special to the Nevada Appeal

Carson City Library will present the launch of “Nevada State Prison,” published by Arcadia Publishing at 6 p.m. March 26.

The authors of this book include Jennifer E. Riddle, an archaeologist; Sena M. Loyd, a research librarian; and Stacy L. Branham and Curt Thomas, officers of the Nevada State Prison.

Founded in 1862, the prison was one of the oldest continuously operated penal facilities in the state before its recent closure. During its 150-year history, the prison has been home to some of Nevada’s most notorious criminals as well as some of the state’s stranger events.

As the book describes, “Fossilized footprints of a ‘giant race of man’ were found buried deep within the prison quarry. The prints gave rise to the infamous Homo Nevadensis, a supposed lost branch of the human evolutionary tree.”

The program is free and open to the public. The book will be available for purchase and author-signing.

The library is located at the corner of Roop and Washington streets. For more information call 775-887-2244 or go to