Virginia City is much more than the quirky shops you find today, Mixed in the row of small establishments are the buildings that have stood tall and proud for years and years, keeping a vigilant watch on our town just as the vigilantes kept watch on those same buildings long ago. Here you will find a timeless page of days gone past that make up our wonderful town that we call Virginia City.
The town was bustling in 1878 filled with folks of all sorts. C street was brimming with tradesmen, teams of horses with products and of course swindlers and moonlighters.
Before all of the candy shops and trinkets, there was gold, silver..... and LEAD!
Virginia City was indeed a rough and tumble town!
At one point, from 1920 to 1950, Virginia City was on the brink of becoming a true & true Ghost Town, with just a handful of folks living here, the town was ready to shut down. If not for the continuous mining to keep the few employed, it certainly would have shuddered. When the show Bonanza aired on television, it brought throngs of visitors looking for the Cartwrights and this led to a revival and the Government to deem Virginia City a protected Historical City. As of 2020, there are 785 residents.
A typical day on C Street as supplies are brought into town, circa 1800's
Fourth of July Parade on C street as a woman with her child take a box camera photo, circa 1800's
Many saloons of the time had a "common" moustache wiping cloth for patrons to keep their appearance clean and free from beer foam, however this was one of the doomed thoroughfares for TB or tuberculosis which led many a man to be labeled a "lunger", known for the constant hacking up on phlegm from their deteriorating lungs.
Excerpts from "1859 Virginia City Newspaper Adverts"-compiled by Banker
Nolan's Central House
A. Newman & Co Union house
Gold Hill & Virginia City touted many saloons and watering holes!
Nelson W. Winton
Gold Hill / Virginia City
Quick & Gagnon
Stanway & Sons
Nudd, Stanley & Co.
The International Hotel
The Comstock House / Horseshoe Restaurant
Virginia City livery stables on B street
The Union Brewery
(L-R) The Cigar Bar, VC Mexican Kitchen, Union Brewery, Roasting House
The Frederick House
Passengers exit the train to mill about Virginia City
"Mining on the Comstock", depicting the headframes and mills of the various mines, and mining technology used at Comstock, most prominently the method of square-set timbering developed there to work the veins.
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