If you are near lake Tahoe, just get youursel here!
Could get hot here in summer
Believe it or not, you can witness real live races of camels and ostriches in Virginia City. I've watched it myself 4 or five times!The event is held the weekend following Labor Day (September), lasting 3 days.The race alternates between Alice Springs (Australia) and Virginia City (NV, USA). Alice Springs has their races mid-May.History goes that...more
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...more
There are about 1500 wild horses that travel in groups of 2 - 20 animals. These horses have been hunted in the near past for sport by some idiots. The town has a few places where you can donate money towars helping to save the wild horses. Driving back to Reno from Virginia City, we spotted two of them next to the higway. The best time to see them...more
Silver was what put this on the map in the 1860's. It was the largest deposit in the world at one time. They kept digging, right under the city, then called Comstock. There are two mine tours, Ponderosa Saloon Mine Tour and Chollar. This was the Saloon one, and really well preserved heritage down under, where for $4 a day, they dug out the passages...more
There is a street just off the main street that had a series of mansions. About 6 are still standing and a couple in renovation for tours. This tour was a nice one that still had the setting just like it was back then. The family has owned and preserved it for these years, and one continues to live here. The other home tour is the Mackey Mansion,...more
1540 Main Street, P.O. Box 710, Virginia City, Nevada, 89440, United States
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100 E Street, Virginia City, NV, 89440, USA
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Good for: Families
28 North C Street, Virginia City, Nevada, 89440, United States
Good for: Business
In all my travels, this has consistently been my favorite fudge shop. They make it right there in front of you, with only a small glass partition keeping you from taking it right off the slab.They have other sweets, chocolates and goodies, but the fudge is divine!! Any of the 60+ fudge flavors they have on display. Usually rotating ~20 flavors on...more
On our day trip to Viginia City, we stopped for lunch at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon on C Street. According to local newspapers of the 1870s, residents were crazy about their oysters, but ....they're no longer on the menu. "Buffalo Burgers" ....Never had them, but we wanted to try something different, and wefound them to be delicious. Served...more
At the height of the silver rush, it is purported that Virginia City had 110 saloons. Mining is thirsty work and doubly so in the wretched conditions of the high desert. No humidity and summer temperatures easily reach the upper 90s and lower 100s.
Today, the thirsty tourist can grab a beer or better yet a whiskey at the Bucket of Blood, though I doubt that the establishment is still in the hands of McBride and Sons.
Given the fact that Virginia City is in Nevada, the thirsty tourist can also gamble to his or her heart's content at the Bucket of Blood.
I'm pretty sure you'll need your own transport to reach Virginia City. There may be tour buses, but I never saw any! Once you get there, the parking is free. Park on the right side, just as you enter the town. You can also park down by St Mary's Church.Virginia City is 23 miles from Reno. South on Hwy 395 for 10 miles, left on Hwy 341 for 13...more
Visiting this bookstore will help provide some insight into the life of Samuel Clemens. It was here in Virginia City that Clemens adopted the pen name Mark Twain. He lived in Virginia City in the 1860's sometime for nearly two years working as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise. The place also has all kinds of old memorabilia to look at, and...more
Jewelery shop. What made it so special? Well, courtesy of the internet, I had had orders from Mary that she would like a pair of earrings. It so happened that the Renaissance Jewelry Shop was almost the last shop in town, on my way out. And, in the window, I saw some delightful silver drop pendant earrings. So in I went, and the friendly staff...more
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The locals are fond of putting placards on the buildings that have some sort of whimsical turn of a phrase. An example at the Sugarloaf Mountain Motel: "Cable TV, Free Coffee, Indoor Plumbing". ANd this one, always a favorite of the biker crowd: "Beware of Attack Wife".
"We can help you with all your problems, have your fortune told!" I have nothing against fortune-tellers. This isn't the only place that you'll find in Virginia City these days whose goal is to part visitors from the contents of their wallet. I'd be willing to bet that is what life was like in the 1860's in Virginia City too. Virginia City was one...more
Since it only cost a quarter, it isn't a bad "tourist trap". It's just one of those things that seems kind of touristy. This piano is at the Mark Twain Bookstore. The signs says, "Grandpa played ME while guzzling his brew; This box was the forerunner of the 'JUKE BOX'". It actually doesn't sound all that bad, but the songs were as out of date as...more
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.
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...more
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.more
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...more