Our History

Since the late nineteenth century, hot springs resorts have been very fashionable in this country. Bathers around the world have for centuries had great faith in the curative properties of thermal spring water; great spas have retained their popularity to this day. 

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1849

The spring is used in its natural state by the Washoe people and settlers, some of whom are making their way to the California Gold Rush.

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1880

Thomas Swift purchases and renames it “Swift’s Hot Springs.” Swift builds bathhouses, a clubhouse, and a hotel with rates of $10 to $14 per week.

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1882

James Shaw purchases the springs and renames it “Shaw’s Warm Springs.”

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1890

1890s

Shaw builds a “plunge,” called the largest in the state.

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1895

The resort begins bottling and selling a new mineral water.

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1896

The resort gains new status as opera star Miss Gracie stays at the resort.

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1897

James-j-corbettGentleman Jim Corbett, a renowned professional prizefighter, trains and fights here.

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1910

1930s-gazette-advertisementThe springs receives the name it still holds today – Carson Hot Springs. A road is completed between the city and the resort. It continues to receive praise for having the finest water available.

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1921

Prohibition is in effect. The spring is raided by a federal officer in hopes of uncovering a still.

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1930s - 1940s

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The resort becomes a popular place for dancing to the sounds of the big bands.

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1950s

1950s

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1962

We Like it Hot at Carson Hot Springs ResortDon Richard Langson purchases the springs and resort.

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1978

Richard and Michele continue to own and operate Carson Hot Springs.

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1979

The historical restaurant and bar are renovated.

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1980

Water therapy and exercise programs begin.

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1988

A new product is introduced, Sierra Mist Spring Water, in convenient 1 1/2-liter sizes to compliment the existing line of 2 1/2-liter and 1-gallon sizes of Hot Springs Water.

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1999

A group of investors headed by Mark Begich of Anchorage, Alaska, purchase the springs with the goal of bringing it back to its glory days. Improvements include the addition of two small jetted pools, remodeled restrooms,  dressing rooms, and remodeled soaking tubs.

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2015

Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint and the Shoe Tree Brewery open on the property. 

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2020

2020Added three new pools to the property.

Carson City is the Hub of Northern Nevada

Carson City, Nevada boasts an array of outdoor adventures, fine restaurants, challenging golf courses, historical attractions, museums, gaming opportunities, and a plethora of events and entertainment. Visitors will find plenty of exciting activities and experiences to choose from. The heart of the action – Carson City – is nestled just minutes from world-famous Lake Tahoe, electrifying Reno, historic Virginia City and the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Carson City statistics:

  • Population is 54,000.
  • Approximately 153 square miles in area.
  • Less than a 30-minute drive to Reno, Virginia City, Lake Tahoe, and many other historical areas
  • Average rainfall is 11 inches, average snowfall is 22 inches.
  • 4,687 feet above sea level.

Carson City in Pictures

Open Daily, 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Phone:
775-885-8844

E-mail:
Staff@CarsonHotSprings.com

Physical Address:
1500 Old Hot Springs Road
Carson City, Nevada 89706