My next book available June 25, 2018

The History Press (Charleston, SC) is publishing my new book on Carson City, Nevada in their “Lost” series. Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

Carson City has the distinction of being one of the least populated state capitals in the nation, but its contributions to Nevada’s history are anything but diminutive. Set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it’s a quintessential Wild West town. The gold and silver riches of the nearby Comstock Lode left a legacy that includes the Carson City Mint, one of only nine mints ever to exist in the United States, and the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, which still snakes through the hills. Residents once flocked to the Carson Opera House to take in a show and to the local racetrack to bet on the horses. Author Peter B. Mires explores the city’s legacies, brick by locally quarried sandstone brick.Lost CC Book Cover


Isles of Shoals, NH/ME

I was out in the Atlantic yesterday on a cruise from Portsmouth to the Isles of Shoals. They are nine islands six miles off the coast, half in NH and half in ME. People used to live out here year round beginning in the early 17th century; they were cod fishermen, for the most part. There’s a big hotel on Star Island (the Oceanic Hotel), which was a popular resort in the latter half of the 19th century and is still used today. Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island is operated by my alma mater, the University of New Hampshire. What an awesome place for a hands-on classroom!Isles of Shoals

Spring/Summer 2017 Talks

Twain Speaking

Here’s where I’m speaking this Spring and Summer:

  • March 27: History of Architecture Class, University of Nevada, Reno.
  • May 6: South Lake Tahoe Public Library.
  • June 1: South Reno Rotary Club, Atlantis Casino, Reno.
  • June 14: Nevada Historical Society, Reno.
  • June 15: Nevada County Historical Society, Nevada City, CA.
  • June 23: Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club, Montbleu Resort, Stateline, NV.
  • August 23: Tahoe Douglas Seniors, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel & Casino, Stateline, NV.

Upcoming Article in the Mark Twain Journal

MTJ LogoI have an article in the next issue of the Mark Twain Journal (Vol. 55, Spring 2017) titled “Mark Twain on Architecture.” Here’s the journal’s publicity blurb:

“Historical geographer Peter B. Mires takes note of Twain’s use of architectural imagery throughout his body of work and argues that Twain not only understood architecture well but that he masterfully employed architectural descriptions as a literary device over the course of his career. Sandra Hedicke Clark contributes original pen and ink illustrations to this essay.”

Haunted House

Snow in the Sierra

donner-summit-1-15-17I went over Donner Summit this past Sunday, January 15, 2017, and stopped at the rest area, which, as you can see, was buried in snow. Just for scale, I’m six foot one. We’ve been having a great winter, thanks to the meteorological phenomenon they’re calling the “atmospheric river.” It’s a real drought buster and long overdue. I couldn’t help reflecting on the poor Donner Party who were stuck up here the winter of 1846-47. Double the amount of snow, add starvation, and you get a sense of their ordeal. Lucky me; immediately after this photo was taken I got in my car, zipped down Interstate 80, and before long found myself having lunch at a cozy restaurant in California’s Gold Country. I did remember to say a silent Grace, thankful for many blessings.