The First Territorial Legislature
was held at Abraham Curry's Warm Springs Hotel in
1861. The hotel was located about 1-1/2 miles east of Carson City
where the State Prison now stands. Curry provided a rent free room,
but the accommodations were not necessarily deluxe. The legislators
met in a room that was divided by a canvas partition. The sawdust
on the floor was both carpet and spittoon for the tobacco chewing legislators.
Transportation for the legislators was provided by a horse-drawn streetcar
on wooden rails. Mark Twain commented on Curry's generosity, and
noted, "But for him the legislature would have been obliged to sit in the
desert." That might literally have happened. Curry was not
the only generous contributer: Hannah Clapp and Margaret Ormsby collected
chairs for the legislators.
Nevada Historical Society