I gave a talk to the Carson Valley Sertoma Club in Minden, NV on Friday, Oct. 12. The venue, the C.O.D. Casino, used to be a popular garage in this once-sleepy Carson Valley community. Contrary to what you might expect, C.O.D. doesn’t stand for “Cash On Delivery.” Instead, it’s the initials of the first owner, Clarence Oliver Dangberg. The C.O.D. Garage opened for business 107 years ago. I love giving history talks in historic buildings!
Lost Carson City, which was published on June 25, just got reviewed in the local Carson newspaper, the Nevada Appeal. Always nice to read complimentary things others say about your writing, right?
I recently took my favorite mode of transportation–the train–back to the East Coast. California Zephyr from Reno to Chicago, then on to Boston via the Lake Shore Limited. Got to love this vintage-like poster, which captures the romance of train travel!
The History Press (Charleston, SC) is publishing my new book on Carson City, Nevada in their “Lost” series. Here’s the blurb from the back cover:
Carson City has the distinction of being one of the least populated state capitals in the nation, but its contributions to Nevada’s history are anything but diminutive. Set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it’s a quintessential Wild West town. The gold and silver riches of the nearby Comstock Lode left a legacy that includes the Carson City Mint, one of only nine mints ever to exist in the United States, and the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, which still snakes through the hills. Residents once flocked to the Carson Opera House to take in a show and to the local racetrack to bet on the horses. Author Peter B. Mires explores the city’s legacies, brick by locally quarried sandstone brick.
I was out in the Atlantic yesterday on a cruise from Portsmouth to the Isles of Shoals. They are nine islands six miles off the coast, half in NH and half in ME. People used to live out here year round beginning in the early 17th century; they were cod fishermen, for the most part. There’s a big hotel on Star Island (the Oceanic Hotel), which was a popular resort in the latter half of the 19th century and is still used today. Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island is operated by my alma mater, the University of New Hampshire. What an awesome place for a hands-on classroom!
I just signed a book deal with The History Press. The book’s title is Lost Carson City, and it will be included in their Lost series. Click on the link above to see other books in this series. You’ll notice they mostly pertain to forgotten aspects of various American cities. Stay tuned for further developments.