General Park Information:
Bowers Mansion is a 49-acre Washoe County park with a restroom. Note: dogs are NOT allowed at Bowers Mansion unless they are service dogs.
Playground, outdoor pool, walking/hiking trails, reservable picnic areas, horseshoes, tables/benches, and tours of the Bowers Mansion. Bowers Mansion has expansive lawns and tall shade trees perfect for picnics. Bowers Mansion is a landmark and is a part of the US National Register of Historic Places.
View the slideshow to see some of this park's amenities!
Bowers Mansion History:
Bowers Mansion was built in 1863 by millionaires Lemuel "Sandy" Bowers and wife, Eilley Oram. The Bowers came upon their fortune through striking it rich through a silver mine investment in Gold Hill Nevada. Sandy and Eilley were the first millionaires from the Comstock Lode.
Eilley and Sandy filled their mansion with treasures from around the world. The outside of the mansion is constructed out of decorative granite cut by Scottish stone masons and put together without mortar. The home contains 16 rooms decorated in the luxurious victorian style. The cost of building this mansion totaled a whopping $400,000 (an incredible sum especially during the 1860's). This home is open for tours during summer weekends. Click here for more information.
Picnic Area and Pool
Image by Kendall Masuko
Submit Your Park Stories and Photos!
Do you have personal photographs or stories about this park and are willing to share your memories with your community? Stories and photos can be recent adventures in the park, old memories of what the park used to be like, or fond remembrances of what this park has meant to you in the past. Sharing your photographs and memories will help to build our shared history of these important public places.
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Typical Flora and Fauna:
The following are a few of our favorite highlights.
See the community submission section below to view additional wildlife sightings found at this park, and submit you own favorite naturalist sightings through iNaturalist!
Community Stories and Photos:
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