Caro Pendergraft (1923 - 2008 ) was the mayor of Carson City from 1949 to 1951. Among his accomplishments were changing the mayor's office from a two-year to a four-year term, and convincing the Mills family to donate old railroad land to the city to be used as a park. In exchange for the land, he agreed to name the park Mills Park.
Pendergraft was in the Marines during World War II, and fought in the Battle of Midway. After the war he opened a clothing store at Lake Tahoe, which he later moved to Carson City. After his term as mayor, he moved to the South where he worked as a salesman for a steel company. He is currently retired and living in Atlanta, GA. He has not been back to Carson City since 1951.
Mr Pendergraft passed away November 7,2008 in Atlanta GA.
- Nevada Appeal, April 19, 2008: 'At least I got them 52 acres of park'