4 Historic Churches in Carson City, Nevada

They are all 150+ years old

Kim Zuch
3 min readAug 4, 2021
A cream-colored stone church with an overcast sky.
First Presbyterian Church (1864). Photo by the Author, Kim Zuch.

Church bells ring on Sunday morning. The organist plays an uplifting hymn as worshippers take their seats. After church, children play while adults mingle with coffee or tea.

Carson City’s historic district features four Christian churches that date back to the 1860s. These historic buildings are well-maintained. Some have expanded with their congregations.

I imagine the hymns and worship services have changed very little over the past 150 years.

The photo above features the First Presbyterian Church. It was built in 1864, and according to Visit Carson City, it’s “considered to be the oldest Presbyterian Church in service in Nevada.”

United Methodist Church (1865) Photo by the Author, Kim Zuch.

The United Methodist Church is reported to be the oldest congregation in Carson City, dating back to 1859. Worshippers met in members’ homes until the congregation grew so much it needed its own church building.

The congregation purchased a plot of land for “$25 and a pair of cowboy boots.” The stone came from the prison quarry. It took four years to haul enough stone to build the sanctuary. The church was dedicated in 1867. Source

St Peter’s Episcopal Church (1868). Photo by the Author, Kim Zuch.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church was built in 1867–1868 and cost $5,500. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

“This structure is an exceptionally fine rendition of the Gothic revival style used widely in the 19th Century,” according to Visit Carson City.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Rectory (1862) and church grounds. Photos by the Author, Kim Zuch.

“St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Rectory ranks among Carson City’s oldest and most significant historic dwellings.” Source

The historical marker associated with the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Rectory says…



Kim Zuch

I write about nature, birdwatching, the outdoors, and conservation issues. I like to share pictures and sometimes my dogs show up. Twitter: @kimclawson2