Inceptors of the Virginia City Silent Riders
aka " Virginian" A man with no name... "Beware of the man with only one gun, He probably knows how to use it"
aka "Reverend"After 10 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm, Wes came home to Nevada. Once home he spent the next 22 years as a patrol deputy, K9 handler, SWAT member, undercover officer, & State Trooper before retiring. When his boots aren’t on the boardwalk he is usually camping, riding his Harley, teaching firearms, performing weddings or having and old fashioned shootout with his Gunfighter friends, and loves doing these things with his best friend, his wife!
aka "Silver Strike" Silver Strike has been walking the Virginia City Boardwalk since 2006. At one time a 601 member, but along with the others in the First Four, decided that a new historical reenactor organization was needed to meet the needs of both visitors and local businesses. So, on 9/1/2019 the Silent Riders was founded. Who could have imagined the Silent Riders would grow to be what it is today?
"Cheyenne", is a resident of Virginia City who enjoys promoting the town, interacting with travelers, preserving the past and ensuring justice.
Some of the 80+ Silent Riders
aka "Pepper", After retirement, “Pepper” has been on the Virginia City Boardwalk as a member of the VC Living Legends since 2006. Now days, when not participating as a Silent Rider in parades and other events, I wear my ribbon and noose pin while keeping history alive working at the Turquoise Kiva on most weekends during the tourist season.
aka "Gambler", Lives in Nevada. He has been married for over 42 years and has one son, in law enforcement. Gary has worked in Fire Services and served on his local school board. Virginia City and it’s rich history is close to Gary’s heart. You can find him on the boardwalk giving “gold” to kids and the young at heart.
aka "Teacup", Born and raised in Dayton, NV. I started walking with the Silent Riders about a year ago and was officially welcomed to the group July 4th, 2021 being pinned by Tammy Francis (Blaster). You can find me enjoying a cocktail or two at many of our favorite establishments around town or on the boardwalk with my husband, The Kid.
aka "The Hangman", is retired from the fire service and now lives in Virginia City with Dede. I spent 35 years with South King Fire and Rescue in Washington state. We enjoy traveling and showing our Corvette at car shows with our car show friends. I am a new member of the Silent Riders. We both enjoy walking the boardwalk and talking with fellow members.
aka "Yukon Kid", Keeping history alive through photos and theater, a Tahoe and Northern Nevada historian, an American West cowboy re-enactor From New York and raised in South Lake Tahoe. Currently living in Carson City and managing an apartment complex.
aka "Poncho", was raised in Nevada and currently lives in Dayton. Moved back 20+ years later after military service in the Army. I love spending time with my family and out doors. I enjoy walking the boardwalk with my fellow Silent Riders and reenactments with the local Civil War group. I love history and sharing it with others.
aka "The Witch", has spent over a decade perfecting her millinery skills to give Virginia City a stellar source of floral finery. On Saturdays she can be found keeping shop at Facet & Co, offering her hats and fascinators alongside the shop’s selection of fine jewelry. This enterprising young lady isn’t all rainbows and feathers though; her peculiar passion for ghosts and knowledge of spiritualism and the occult .
aka "Riff Raff", “There’s a difference between right and wrong. I don’t care what it is, as long as you were right.”
aka "Cub", Puts family over anything else and stays loyal to those close to her.
aka "The Kid", Raised in Dayton, NV where he now lives with his wife Teacup
aka "Rowdy Ace " , Then known as "Eleanor Dumont, A Gambling Lady in the 1860’s. She established a gaming house and was a dealer."
I hail from Michigan but I have been in Nevada for over 20 years and have lived in Virginia City for about 6 years. I love Virginia City
aka "Tick Tock"
aka "Tumbleweed Tom", Watch out for these here newfangled walking steps, they’re a haunted for sure. I was tripped by some playful ghosts one December evening back in 21 and now I gotta hitch in my step cause why they call me Tumbleweed. Y’all be careful in our lovely piece of heaven. Look forward to seeing you in Virginia City!
aka "Mrs Louisa Cody", has lived in Nevada since 1980, originally from Illinois. The proud mother of three daughters, four grandchildren & married to her one true love for 50 years. Since 2014, at times she portrays LuLu Bell Parr, the 1st Champion Lady Bucking Horse Rider who also performed with Buffalo Bills Wild West. These two women played an integral role in shaping the American west . Mary loves family and friends, crocheting, and providing Services for Veterans through D.A.R.
aka "Buffalo Bill Cody", The father of three daughters and four grandchildren, Chuck has lived in Nevada since 1980, originally from Ohio. Chuck has enjoyed reenacting in Virginia City since 2014, history of the west and civil war, fishing, hunting, antique fire arms, woodworking, good friends, good food and of course his beautiful wife of 50 years and family. He is a veteran of the stage & screen, but most enjoyable to him is talking with visitors and giving information on Virginia City.
aka "Stoan E. Pickens", was born in Texas, the youngest of 3, and has been a resident of Virginia City, NV since 2002. He is a carpenter and enjoys working with his hands. He is also a musician with 2 CD's. Father of 2 children, 2 grandchildren and several step children.
aka "Dakota", was a resident of Virginia City, NV for 30 years. She had been married to Tim for 15 years and have two dogs. She has 2 sons, 1 grandson and enjoyed dancing, listening to music in VC and travelling all over to do gunfight shows. (what makes marriage work is shooting Tim on regular basis lol).
aka “Mayor”, is a resident of Virginia City along with his wife Michelle aka”Marigold”. The are the owners of The Howard Street Home Bed and Breakfast located here in Virginia City. They live there with their 2 dogs Wyatt and Josephine. When the Mayor is not found on the Boardwalk or announcing parades you can find him playing music around town under the name “Silver and Gold”.
"He is just pawn in game of life!"
aka "Sierra Slim & Savannah Rose", We are Silent Riders who now live in Twin Falls, ID. We visit Virginia City and participate with the SR as often as we can. Hope to see a change in the near future.
aka "Nightingale", is most often found greeting guests of Virginia City at the Visitor Center. She enjoys creating the historical fashions she wears and sharing the history of Virginia City. She's also been known to grace the stage at Piper's Opera House in performances with Piper's Players. When she's not in town, she's spending time with her husband and children; or sewing up something new to wear.
aka "Annie Oakley", Lives in Virginia City. I enjoy walking the boardwalk and talking to tourists about the history of town, providing information on local businesses and must-see tours.
aka "Jackal", seems quiet and docile but don't let that fool you he’s always watching his environment and pack as He’s very protective. He does have a great personality and enjoys visiting with friends. Living here nearly his Entire life. He’s a bit cautious at first meeting, If your accepted into his circle you must have earned it!
aka "Wildcat", is married to jackal and similar to her mate, she’s always watching. As a proud 4th generation Nevadans she has grown up here in the area. As her name she’s usually docile, but cross her and you’ll see the other side. If looks could kill her piercing blue eyes should be considered weapons.
aka "Teach", has been a secondary Science teacher for over 25 years and in three different states, including Maryland, Hawaii and Nevada. Born and raised in the Washington DC, she changed her medical major over to education. She likes all areas of science, enjoys riding motorcycles, shooting and camping across the country.
aka "Plank", was born and raised in the Detroit area. He is a retired US Navy veteran, which included being a PLANKOWNER for the brand new ships. He has a military and civilian law enforcement background as well as military firefighting, damage control and force protection instructing. He enjoys photography, motorcycle riding, shooting, camping and history.
aka "Belle Star", Born in Reno, loves fishing, camping and off roading. Likes drawing and art. I Love my 4 cats, one dog, but most of all Josh! Love love love Virginia City, our home away from home!
aka "Relic", An old spirit from days of old
Versed in surgery and helping others
Most things he has seen would make most squeamish. Not one to bullshit....
aka " Calico Annie", Started reenacting in 1980 with a Civil War group in Tennessee. When I moved to Washington in the early 90's I started dressing in 1880's fashion and joined a SASS group, dressing in the Old West / Victorian style and shooting competitively. I have been coming to Virginia City since 1975 and moved here full time 6 1/2 years ago. I live and work here and love the history and being able to share that history through my job, my business and being a member of the Silent Riders.
"Rusty Younger ", rode with the Jesses James/Younger Gang. He was captured by the Silent Riders in 1869. The Silent Riders knew Rusty Younger had information on the James Gang, so they offered Rusty a deal join the Silent Riders or be hung till dead.
Rusty Younger swore off the James/Younger gang and become a Silent Rider. Rusty enjoys shooting his six shooter and long rifle, to improve his accuracy and skill, to fight against the bad.
I love being up in VC if we’re not up there, we’re camping or riding . I tell everyone we live up in VC but sleep in Dayton
aka "Banker", Carl is a resident or Virginia City, when he's not on the boardwalk talking with visitors and helping with points of interest, he records rock music under the moniker " Carl Elizondo & The Royal Union Of Architects". (www.carlelizondo.com ) He lives with his wife Diana and two Alaskan Klee-Kai pups, they enjoy camping in their RV
aka "Crazy Kate"., Crazy Kate was the owner of the boarding house where the GREAT VIRGINIA CITY FIRE started on October 26, 1875, burning down 75% of our fine city. I love dressing up in vintage clothing on weekends and walking thru town welcoming tourists and telling some history of our town.
aka " Marshall"
An Oakland fireman for 25 years, now retired and living in Dayton, Nevada. Married to wife Gwen for 43 years, they have 2 children and a grandson Jordan, who is an aspiring Silent Rider.