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Virginia City and the Comstock Lode
Was Visited by the Traveling Webmaster on 11 November 2003.
Pictures Were Taken And Are Included Below.

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Destination :      Virginia City and the Comstock Lode

Web Address :      Yes : Click Here to Visit

Category :      Scenic / City Boardwalk

Location :      City : Virginia City     State : Nevada

When :      Any Year: Spring, Fall or Summer

Reason to Visit :      The mining boom turned Virginia City (and the Comstock Lode) into the most important settlement between Denver and San Francisco and today is one of America's largest Historic Landmarks. Now rich in history, Virginia City and the Comstock Lode still maintain the flavor (some say) of the high flying mining days.

In Virginia City's hey day there was gold in every hill and millions of dollars were being made. Grubby prospectors were turned into instant millionaires who built mansions, imported furniture and fashions from Europe and the Orient, and financed the Civil War. Everybody wanted a piece of the "Richest Place on Earth."

Mark Twain roamed the streets as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise, and it is generally believed his writing career began here.

Some attractions available in Virginia City:

- (Julia C.) Bullette Red Light Museum

- Fourth Ward School Cultural Center

- Liberty Engine Company #1 State Fireman Museum

- Mackay Mansion Museum

- Nevada Gambling Museum

- Piper's Opera House

- Storey County Courthouse

- Territorial Enterprise Museum

- Virginia & Truckee Railroad

- Virginia City Trolley

- Way It Was Museum

In the shadow of Sun Mountain, Virginia City, Nevada is located south east of Reno, Nevada. This historic mining town is easily accessible by car from Lake Tahoe, Reno, or Carson City.

23 Miles From Reno
15 Miles from Carson City
40 Miles from Lake Tahoe

Submitted By :      The Traveling Webmaster added Virginia City and the Comstock Lode as I had intended to visit all along.

Visted Yet During This Adventure? : Yes

Ray Plumlee's Rating :      2 Stars out of 5.

When Visited :      11 November 2003

Ray Plumlee's Comments :
I was a little disappointed here. Virginia City, Nevada is probably the most commercialized historical site I have ever visited (granted this is early in my travels).

All the way up the main street on both sides are eateries, shops, saloons, casinos and museums. I am using a loose definition for a museum here, as most are nothing more than a large back room or basement connected to a tourist gift shop. Granted there are displays and some attempt to convey the history, but in my mind a feeble one.

Overall I found Virginia City to be overly commercialized, with the remenants of the old town hidden very well behind this commercialism.

Virginia City is only a few miles from Carson City, or the Sparks/Reno area and not hard to get to. It may be worth stopping by if you have a day with nothing else planned and you want to fill the day with some history.

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