Carson City’s coverage of Nevada Day, 1939
Reprinted from the Nov. 1, 1939 Carson City Daily Appeal:
Nevada’s Diamond Jubilee observance in Carson City yesterday was by long odds the most complete, best attended and most successful Admission Day celebration ever held in the state.
Despite the fact that thousands of Nevadans who came to Carson Sunday, which was Indian Day, and others here for the Monday events, did not return Tuesday, the state’s birthday and legal holiday, the attendance undoubtedly was greater by several thousands than on the 1938 Admission Day.
Weather conditions were perfect and practically every section of Nevada was represented at the capitol by delegations of a few individuals to Reno’s several thousands.
For a considerable time preceding the starting of the parade the highway from Reno to Carson as used was practically a two-lane thoroughfare. The very few vehicles traveling Reno-ward were aptly dubbed “Corrigans” (wrong way).
The traffic to, in and around Carson was handled admirably by the state police and may other officers who assisted them. No serious collision was reported.
The parade, which started promptly, was rated by many as the best ever seen in the state of Nevada. It included units of dozens of classes and description and was colorful and contrasty in the extreme. And the representation of floats or other units was practically statewide. So high in quality were the floats, marching units, band and other entries that the judges — all of them from points out of Carson — had difficulty in reaching many decisions in making awards.
Arrangements for feeding and otherwise accommodating the huge crowed were good and ample.
“Home Means Nevada” was played by the Carson City Band. William O. Phillips, the last survivor of the Civil War residing in Nevada, was introduced. To those assembled, Mr. Phillips said over the public address system: “I thank you for your kindness and respect.”