After patiently waiting weeks in anticipation of traveling to Reno, Nevada, I have arrived. I didn’t waste a minute stepping back in time for a wild west adventure. Come with me to Virginia City.
Once a vital settlement between Denver and San Francisco, Virginia City influenced the entire country. During its boomtime, Virginia City’s mining proceeds amounted to millions of dollars, equaling billions today! Every inch of this picturesque, Victorian-era town, celebrates it’s colorful history. I strolled along authentic board sidewalks to Old West saloons with historic suicide gaming tables, shops, museums, and restaurants. I took the trolley past historic churches, 19th century homes, public buildings, and quaint cemeteries. Their cemetery had sections for every group, including the Irish. I found that amusing along with how the tombstone messages reflected their unconventional lives.
While the Virginia Truckee Railroad transported bullion from the rural highlands of Virginia City to Carson City, the Catholic Church preached to a congregation of 4000, the Territorial Enterprise, with literary whiz Mark Twain, delivered news of the day to the vibrant mining metropolis of 25,000 citizens.
Away from work, the people of the Comstock enjoyed performances at Piper’s Opera House, which still stands today as a favorite for events and weddings. The citizens also played baseball as a favorite pastime, and unwound after a long day at Virginia City’s many saloons that topped twenty-two at one point. Many attended school, with the Fourth Ward School once educating grammar and high school students. It’s considered a must stop on the driving tour of attractions in town.
The history and stories of Virginia City are as unique, rich, and colorful as the streets and buildings themselves. One must see Virginia City to even remotely understand how the West owes so much to this mountain mining town.
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