Check with seller Virginia City National Historic Landmark Virginia City

Published date: January 29, 2015
  • Location: Virginia City, Virginia City, Nevada, United States

Ten years after the mad rush for California gold, nuggets were found at the head of Nevada’s Six-Mile Canyon by two miners. A fellow miner, James Finney, nicknamed "Old Virginny" from his birthplace, is reported to have dropped a bottle of whiskey on the ground, christening the newly founded town,"Old Virginny Town", hence Virginia City. The miners struck it rich with silver ore rather than gold and soon became wealthy men. News spread fast and soon the finest materials, furniture and fashions were being brought in to build large mansions and hotels. At the peak of its glory around 1876, Virginia City was a boisterous town with something going on 24 hours a day for its 30,000 residents. There were over 150 saloons, several hotels, a thriving red-light district an opera house and three churches. Virginia City at that point rivaled the likes of San Francisco.

Today, visitors can explore the mountainside to view remnants of old mines and shafts were the silver was unearthed years before. However, off road vehicles must be used and visitors are warned to use caution as some of the sites are dangerous. Most want to visit "C" Street, the main business avenue in Virginia City. As it is lined with 1870's buildings housing restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, motels, saloons and specialty shops.

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