Today is the 200th birthday of Carson City’s namesake, explorer Kit Carson. Kit, however, never visited the city that held his name. His name was actually given to the Carson River, which explorer John C. Fr?mont named after his knowledgeable scout while he was exploring the Sierra Nevada in the 1840s. Then the Carson Valley and Carson City were named after the river.
Bill Croke has a good look at Kit Carson’s life on his bicentennial.