Bowers Mansion

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.


Amenities Include: 

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!  

Submission Box for Personal Stories/Photos:  

Do you have personal photographs or stories about this park and are willing share your memories with your community? Then click here (for gmail account users) or here (if no gmail account) to upload your photos and stories.

 

If you have a photo 10 years or older of this park, they could potentially be used in an exhibit in our traveling Parks Rephotography Project photo collection! How exciting to have your memories on display!

Click here to learn more.  

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

 

biodiversity

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!

Flora:

Highlights:

What plants have you seen here?

Fauna:

Highlights:

What animals have you seen here?

community submissions

Submission Box for Biodiversity Sightings:  

Click here to document your own biodiversity observations (pictures, video, or audio submissions accepted) of this park. Any observations noted along the Truckee River, please share with the 

Truckee River Guide here.  

 

Biodiversity Submissions:

Community Stories and Photos:

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Bowers Mansion

Tell us your stories about this park or share your photographs to add to the growing record of our shared park history! 

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Bowers Mansion

Tell us your stories about this park or share your photographs to add to the growing record of our shared park history! 

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Bowers Mansion

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volunteer highlights

Volunteer Researcher:

To learn more about volunteering for this Project, click here.

Enjoy history? Then consider volunteering as a History Researcher today! 

Like plants and animals? Then volunteer as our Biodiversity Researcher!

Researchers Needed:

Parks Rephotography Site Stewards:

To learn more about the Parks Rephotography Project, click here.

Volunteer Needed:

Do you like photography? Consider becoming a Parks Rephotography Site Steward for this park!

 

Click here to learn more.

 
 

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