Mound House fair celebrates area’s history |

Mound House fair celebrates area’s history

Quest Lakes
Special to the Nevada Appeal

The V&T railroad’s 14-mile scenic track route from Carson City through Mound House and up to Virginia City is nearly reconstructed.

By May 28, people will be able to take the hour and a half steam train ride that begins near the Carson River Canyon, and continues through Mound House and across the railroad bridge over Highway 50.

Just past the bridge in Mound House, the Comstock-era route will allow views of historic mines and sightings of the area’s bands of wild horses. During the ride, the conductor will act as tour guide, describing the colorful history of the V&T’s beginnings in the late 1800s, and pointing out historic sites that can be spotted from the train windows.

In part to highlight the rich history of the Mound House area, the Mound House Task Force will host a free community fair on from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Vondale Rose Park.

Attractions and entertainment will focus on the Pony Express, wild horse, firefighter and V&T history, and celebrating new economic opportunities.

The fair also will include booths highlighting Mound House community groups, including Mound House Task Force, Fire Safe Council Chapter and Neighborhood Watch. Preschoolers will have a chance to tour the COW Bus, or Classroom on Wheels, and technicians will be on hand to check car seats to make sure they’re installed properly.

Among a number of other free services offered at the fair, Northern Nevada HOPES mobile rural outreach van will be on hand to offer confidential counseling and testing services with a needle-free test for HIV called Orasure.

For more information, contact Quest Lakes or Karren Rhodes at 847-0742 or 245-7550. Mound House Task Force is a partner of Healthy Communities Coalition.