Cobb Mansion Bed and Breakfast
18 S. 'A' Street, Virginia City, Nevada, United States
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More about Virginia City
Ponderosa Mine Tour
Silver Terrace Cemetary
The Way it was Museum
The Way it was Museum
Travel Tips for Virginia City
This is a ghost town. If your...
This is a ghost town. If your into ghosts and weird noises during the night, then I suggest that you stay over night in one of their hotels. When we were here, we mostly went saloon hopping (people here like to drink) gambled and shopped. Checking out all the monumental buildings and checking out the local semmitary. Its interesting how young these people were when they passed away. Interesting to just read their headstones. Also check out all the museums and check out the historical walking tours.
Meet the Locals
Virginia City is very much there for tourists. Whithout tourists, there would be no town! I was so impressed by the way everyone was so friendly, and had time to chat to you. There was no 'hard sell', to go and see the wildwest show, or anything else. I felt that I was just being left alone to enjoy whatever it was I wanted to see. Here's Sweetwater John, again, and his donkey, Mary. According to John, Mary was running wild until earlier in the year, when he caught and tamed her. They now stand at the roadside, as a sort of monument to how things used to be. Give John a Dollar or two, and he'll chat with you for ages!
Road to Virginia City
The road from Reno to Virginia City is very scenic. Of particular interest is the scenic overlook on the right, where one can see all of Reno off in the distance.
From downtown Reno, take Highway 395 (called South Virginia St) south. It turns onto a four-lane highway just south of the city. Follow it to the Highway 341 turnoff, toward Virginia City. On the right, heading up into the mountains, is a vista marked by a small sign. It's well worth stopping to see.
The Mackay Mansion
Once the home of Virginia City's richest man, John Mackay, this house has seen many distinguised visitors. It was built in 1859 by George Hearst, father of William Randolph Hearst. Tours are available. Visiting on a weekday, I even had my own individual tour. The stories are great.
Born in Ireland in 1831, John Mackay moved to Virginia City from Downieville, California in 1859, upon hearing of the silver strike. He had made relatively little from gold prospecting in California, and was ready to try something else.
In Nevada, he made far more. His background as an apprentice ship-builder made him very adept at constructing mine shafts. He also had an astute business sense, and so became very wealthy. But he never forgot his humble roots. Mackay was a great philanthropist, who did a lot for the town.
The Bullette Red Light Museum
Juliette Bullette was a prostitute in Virginia City during the boom years. She was well-liked and even respected. This museum has exhibits about her and about the world's oldest profession, as it was practiced here in Bullette's time. This includes some displays of vintage medical equipment (these things always make me grateful to be living in the 21st century).