Virginia City Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui
  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui

Virginia City Things to Do

  • Silver State National Peace Officers...

    This museum became the lifelong passion of Walter Gist who found a officers badge at a garage sale. He was distressed since officer badges should be passed down with honor, so he started to collect them in the hopes of finding them a proper place to display them with honor. This musuem is filled from top to bottom of wonderful historical artifacts....

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  • The Storey County Jail 1877

    This two-story jail was completed in 1877, and featured ten individual cells, each of which had bunk beds and “state of the art” plumbing for the day. Women were housed on the second level and men on the first floor until 1963, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that males and females could not occupy the same facility without being...

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  • Storey County Courthouse 1876

    The plaque reads: Storey County was organized in 1860 and is named after Captain Edward Storey who was killed during the Pyramid Lake Indian wars in Nevada. The prior courthouse erected on this site was destroyed in the Great Fire of October 26, 1875, that also burned many of Virginia City’s early documents. Storey County hired the architectural...

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  • Piper’s Opera House 1863

    The plaque reads: Piper’s Opera House began as Maguire’s Opera House in 1863 when San Francisco theater impresario Thomas Maguire built the establishment, two blocks east of this site on “D” Street between Union and & Taylor Streets. Maguire fell on hard times and sold the opera house to John Piper in 1867. That building burned in the Great Fire of...

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  • Fourth Ward School 1876 – 1936

    Centennial monument to education and National treasure. Built in the second Empire Style Architecture with state of the art amenities to house 1000 students. Instructed using progressive curriculum and teaching practices. The building represents the importance of public education to the early miners and in the heritage of the American West.The cut...

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  • Old Washoe Club 1862

    This historic club was formedd in the mid-1870's by the elite gentlemen of the comstock. It was an exclusive social club which allowed them recognition of their status. It also was a way of avoiding the rowdier citizens. It was formed in the heyday of the mining activity here, termed the "Silver Seventies" and rivaled exclusive men's clubs in New...

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  • The Pioneer Church 1875

    The plaque reads: The first religious service in Nevada, officiated by a visiting Protestant Episcopal Reverend, was held in Virginia City's U.S. Courthouse on Sept. 11, 1861. A Parish was organized as St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal. In the following year the Rev. Franklin S. Rising became St. Paul's first Pastor and missionary, also holding...

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  • St. Mary's in the Mountains 1864

    This church is absolutely beautiful. Once you walk thru the doors, its makes you feel completely as ease and welcome. The plaque outside reads: Known as the "Bonanza Church" because of the rich silver mines of the last century, this Mother Church of the Comstock Lode traces it history to 1858 when the Rev. Joseph Gallagher (1821-87) offered the...

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  • Bank of California 1864

    Now the Ponderosa Saloon that has an actual underground mine you can tour, but it started out as a bank. The two plaques read: William Sharon1821 – 1885Inscription. Managed the Bank of California during the Comstock’s Bonanza period. During this time, he was known as the “King of the Comstock.”William Sharon was the father of the Virginia and...

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  • V & T Car No. 13

    The plaques reads: V & T Car No. 13The only railroad car ever designed expressively for transportation pf precious metals. Mail-Bullion Car No. 13 was built by the Oxford Car Company in 1874 to the order of the fabulous Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Until 1939 she transported her precious cargoes, totaling in value millions of dollars, from Virginia...

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  • Col. Morris Pinschower Building 1862

    This is part of the Comstock Corner Cafe and General Store now, but started out as a bank and livery stable. The plaque reads: Joseph Frederick Hardware, The Nevada Bank of San Francisco and a livery stable were housed herein. In 1910 Ferdinand Beck opened Beck’s Hardware, & Comstock Garage. In the 1930’s Clarence Elkin operated a Shell garage and...

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  • The Nevada Bank of San Francisco 1862

    Now the Comstock Corner Cafe, this historical buildings started out as a bank. The plaque reads: Built in 1862-63, this building was first the office of the private bankers Paxton and Thornburgh. After their move to Reese River in 1864-65, it was used sporadically until the Nevada Bank of San Francisco opened January 10, 1876.Owned by the “Big...

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Virginia City Hotels

  • Gold Hill Hotel

    1540 Main Street, P.O. Box 710, Virginia City, Nevada, 89440, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Virginia City Motel

    675 South C Street, Virginia City, Nevada, 89440, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Ramada Virginia City

    100 E Street, Virginia City, NV, 89440, USA

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Virginia City Restaurants

  • Best Fudge in the world

    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...

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  • Palace Restaurant / Saloon

    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...

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  • Hamburger and Fries!

    I have to say that I never actually visited Solid Muldoon's. I was handed a coupon somewhere along my route, which offered a 10% reduction on meals. They advertised 'Hamburger and Fries' for just $3.50, which seemed good value. Other food was available also.

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Virginia City Nightlife

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    by zrim Written May 18, 2004

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    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.

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Virginia City Transportation

  • Virginia City Rest Stop

    Depending which way you are travelings along State Highway (SR) 341/342, this little piece of respite is nice because you can overlook the western part of the town and has picnic tables and a new restroom facility. Plus, there are some very interesting history plaques located along the rest stop and a very helpful map of the city.Next to the...

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  • You'll need your own car!

    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...

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  • Virginia City lies in extreme...

    Virginia City lies in extreme western Nevada at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just south of Reno and Interstate 80. It lies along scenic route SR 341 between U.S. Route 50 in Carson and U.S. 395.

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Virginia City Shopping

  • Filled to top and bottom with gifts!

    We were walking by and a nice lady was handing out candy samples. As soon as we tasted the candy, we were hooked. So we stepped inside and was taken back by all the very unique candy and gifts. The store is not wide, but it goes back quite aways. Good prices too!

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  • Merchantile and Museum in one!

    This business is located in the historic Roos Brothers Clothing Store built in 1876. I was drawn into here due to the lovely jewelery on display in the window. They have all sorts of lovely pieces of fashion. They have all types of jewelery, gold, silver, and much more, purses, scarves, shirts, hats, and etc. There is even a museum, The Gambling...

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  • Bookworms Will Love This Little...

    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...

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Virginia City Warnings and Dangers

  • The Dead End Mine!!!

    This exhibit is very touching and sad. These sort of accidents happen a lot in Nevada and California with having so many open mine shafts. They are very real and very dangerous. California's motto "Stay out and stay alive!" This exhibit is about a small boy who wonders into a mine and dies, and his spirit doesn't quite understand what has happened...

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  • Odd sense of humor

    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".

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  • Virginia City Hotels

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Virginia City Tourist Traps

  • Have Your Fortune Told

    "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...

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  • Drop A Quarter In the "Juke Box"

    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...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Virginia City Off The Beaten Path

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    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 3, 2005

    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.

    Reno, seen from the scenic overlook
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Virginia City Favorites

  • 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...

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  • 'The Way it Was'

    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.

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  • Go and see this Church!

    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...

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