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.
Fondest memory: 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!
Favorite thing: Again, if you have the time, go and see the 'The Way it Was' museum. You will find it at the far end of town, on the right-hand side. There is an admission fee, but even if you don't want to go in, it's worth standing a while just to look at the old equipment, etc, displayed just inside the fence.
Favorite thing: As you walk along the boardwalks, you will probably hear the misical chimes of Saint Mary's Church even before you see it. And, when you do see it, it's a beautiful sight. 'Saint Mary's in the Mountains', to give it it's full title, was built in 1868. It burned down in 1875 and was rebuilt the following year. I just didn't have time to go in, but it is open for visitors. It has the most magnificent musical chimes (not bells), that play different tunes, although I don't know how many tunes are played before they repeat.
I think this has to be one of the nicest Post Offices I have seen in my travels. You can just imagine those 'Bank Robbers' busting in through the doors, can't you? Haha.
Don't forget that whatever you buy will have tax added to it. So, if you see something for $3, it will have tax (at 6.5% I think) added to that sum.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
Bucket of Blood Saloon
This is a great place to stop for a beer, a sasparilla or something stronger. If you're lucky you might even get to hear some ragtime music.