In this picture below of the orphan’s home, looking east from Stewart Street sometime probably in the 1890s, you can see the old wooden orphanage building on the left, and some other farm-type buildings to the right.
It opened in 1867, but after a couple of years the Legislature decided that taking care of homeless children was the State’s job, so they authorized a State Orphan’s Home to be built in Carson City.
Townspeople would donate money to the home to buy the children Christmas presents or a day at the movies.
They went to city schools, attended church, and held jobs on the farm in the back.
Boys and Girls Club Gymnasium Actually, that’s not entirely true.
The site is presently filled with a scattered mess of buildings, some of them dating back to the 1960s, and some of more recent vintage.