The Nevada State Prison, located in Carson City, Nevada, is one of the oldest prisons still in operation in the United States. Established in 1862 when the Nevada Legislature purchased the Warm Springs Hotel and 20 acres of land for $80,000, NSP has been in continuous operation since this time. Abraham Curry, who owned the hotel, was appointed as the first warden.
The original structure burned down in 1867. Rock was quarried at this location to build a new facility as will as several other state buildings including the State Capitol Building. On several occasions, NSP has been remodeled and expanded. Recently the culinary was completely remodeled and expanded and underground utilities replaced.
The Nevada State Prison operated as a maximum security prison until the Ely State Prison opened in 1989. Although inmates under the sentence of death are incarcerated at the Ely State Prison, executions are still conducted at the Nevada State Prison.
The Nevada State Prison has a fascinating history. Did you know –