Virginia City Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui
  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui
  • Virginia City
    by Yaqui

Virginia City Things to Do

  • Virginia & Truckee R.R. Ride

    When I heard there was an actual train, we hurried over to the visitor center to get tickets. We were not disappointed. The train takes you to Gold Hill and back. Along the ride the conductor points out many historical landmarks and the very interesting history of this railroad.History:Nevada’s most famous short line is the Virginia & Truckee...

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  • Banners Brothers Building 1875

    The plaque reads: Originally a clothing store operated by Victor & Marcus Banner in 1868. Rebuilt after the 1875 fire and continued under the Banners until the late 1880’s. E.J. Dwyer & Co. continued operations until the 1920’s. Bill Marks opened the Crystal Bar circa 1934 establishing a first tourist attraction in Virginia City. No. 2 Friends of...

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  • Mark Twain Museum~Territorial Enterprise...

    This museums has Mark Twain's desk, chair, books and some furnishings. The pressroom and equipment that he used is on display. This is the place where Mark Twain spent most of his Virginia City days writing for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper.There are many plaques on this building with wonderful historical information and the first one reads...

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  • Comstock Firemen's Museum Building 1864

    This museum displays 19th-century firefighting equipment. There are many artifacts relating to the history of fire fighting on both the Comstock and throughout Nevada. Liberty Engine Company No. 1 is still an operating volunteer firefighting unit. The plaque on the outside wall reads: Early in the morning on October 26, 1875 fire broke out in Kate...

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  • Suicide Table~The Delta Saloon 1875

    So called because three previous owners are reported to have committed suicide because of heavy lossses over this table. Originally a Faro Bank Table brought to Virginia City in the early 1860's. The owner, supposed to be one "Black Jake", Lost $70,000 in one evening and shot himself.The second owner, whose name is lost in history, ran the table...

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  • The Delta Saloon 1875

    We explored this saloon because it was touting that it had a Suicide Table. Yet, before I get to that, the saloon was like a museum with all kinds of wonderful artifacts and historical photo's.The sign outside by the entrance reads: Symbolized by the Greek Symbol was opened by Orindorff & McGee, Louisiana Patriots. The first Saloon rebuilt after...

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  • The Union Brewery 1876

    I enjoy the historical plaques as you can see because they have so much wonderful information. If it were not for them, history would be lost. This one reads: Beer was not forgotten, and six breweries could scarcely supply the people with beer, for Virginia City has a dry climate. Originally located at 40 North C Street and destroyed by the Fire of...

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  • Pelosi Blacksmithing Shop 1873

    There is not much information about this historic building other than the very interesting plaque on the building and it reads: 1851 The Ancient & Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus was at a quagmire to any sites of historical interest so by unsearchableness desirous, the Graybeards (the r~was almost missed..lol) of such sent John P. Squibob to...

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  • The Way It Was Museum

    This little museums has many wonderful artifacts when this area was booming during the Comstock Lode. It has many wonderful mining and assaying equipment, lithographs, mineral relics, historic photographs, maps, and vintage costumes.

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  • Red Dog Saloon 1875

    Known as the Comstock House, it was built of red brick after the Great Fire of 1875. It's had various owners until in 1965 it was bought by some hippies from San Francisco who introduced the psychedelic lights with music. Janis Jopplin joined a band that once played here, but the band relocated back to San Francisco around the late 60's. At one...

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  • Silver Terrace Cemeteries

    The plaque reads: You are facing east overlooking the Silver Terrace Cemeteries. The Silver Terrace was not the only Comstock complex, both Gold Hill and Silver City had their own cemeteries. The earliest cemeteries were established far away from the ore veins. As it turned out, they were too well removed and were abandoned due to the lengthy...

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  • Lousetown

    The older historical markers are usually incased within rock pellars and can be easily missed since they easily blend into the hillsides. I enjoy them because they give you a glimpse of what sort of history happened in this area or the historical building. This one reads: North of this marker, a station was established in 1860 on Geiger and...

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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

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    by zrim Written May 18, 2004

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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".

    As the sign says: beware of attack wife
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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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  • Virginia City Hotels

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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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