Virginia City--The Way It Was

  • Start: Virginia City, NV
  • End: Virginia City, NV
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:37
  • Total Mileage: 5 Miles
  • Number of stops: 5


In 1859 the discovery of the Comstock Lode spawned several fortunes and a sizable city. Today, Virginia City is a magnificent mirror image of its 19th-century, silver-lined self. At its peak in 1876, Virginia City was home to 110 saloons, six churches, and 23,000 people -- half the state's population. Now the largest federally designated Historical District in America, this small town (under 1,000 people) has changed very little of its character since its prosperous Comstock days. Although the silver vein clogged years ago, Virginia City's financial underpinnings remain rock-solid, this time buttressed by a free-flowing economic boom attributed to its growing tourist industry. Visitors to Virginia City can experience life much as it was in the latter half of the 19th century, when the prospect of striking it rich fueled the dreams of many.

Stop #1:

Way It Was Museum
Virginia City, NV

Stop #2:

Silver Terrace Cemetery
Nevada, United States of America

Stop #3:

Chollar Mansion Bed & Breakfast
Virginia City, NV

Stop #4:

Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Virginia City, NV

Stop #5:

Union Brewery
Virginia City, NV

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