|13, -32.9627, 141.0851|
|• County||Meseta County|
|• Mayor||Joseph Reyes|
|• Estimate (2017)||401,000|
Elvira is a city in Meseta County, Sierra (Federal States). It is the second-most populous city in the state, and serves as both state capital and county seat. Elvira was founded in 1852 or 1853 and became the main town in the county after 1856. During the Lola-Dennison conflict in the mid-1860s, Elvira's politicians and businessmen championed it as a viable alternative to either of those cities for both the vital future railway station and perhaps even capital of the territory. By 1870 the railway committees chose Elvira and in 1871 was named a compromise capital, paving the way for statehood the following year.
In 1869 the first university in Sierra, the University of the State of Sierra (now Sierra State) was founded from a state grant. The gold rush of 1874 did not initially reach the Elvira area (most was found west of Dennison), but gold veins found in the Colurona Canyon area in 1877 brought lots of wealth to the city until most dried up in 1879. For a while at the end of that decade Elvira was the richest city in the state.
Well known buildings in Elvira include:
- State Capitol: Built from 1964 to 1965
- St. Andrew's Church: well-preserved gothic revival church completed in 1901
- Sierra Supreme Court: built from 1919-1921, expanded with wings in 1938
- Rocky Turner Memorial Stadium: Sierra State's Archantan football stadium, built in 1937 and the oldest in use in the state
Elvira is also known for its late 19th century houses, built during and after the gold rush.