This postage stamp sized town packs a punch! The first afternoon we were here, we watched David John and the Comstock Cowboys at the Bucket of Blood Saloon. Virginia City denizens have so much pride for the history of their town and their ancestors and they dress up in period clothing to keep the spirit alive. Everyone in the bar was packing, with three guns minimum, and I turned to my cousin Miriam and asked about their costumes. She laughed and assured me that those are all real guns and that Nevada is a true cowboy state. My eyes got really big as I scanned the room and did a quick count of the guns present. It’s not something I’m used to seeing, but it made me happy to see the American wild west spirit alive and well.
A 35 minute drive from Reno and at 6,150 feet, Virginia City transports you back in time to the Comstock Lode heyday, when it was a thriving metropolis of 25,000 residents and a booming mine town at the center of American commerce. Keep your eyes peeled for the wild horses that call this town and the surrounding hills home.
“Once a vital settlement between Denver and San Francisco, Virginia City influenced the entire country. During its boomtime, Virginia City’s mining proceeds amounted to millions of dollars, equaling billions today. Every inch of this picturesque, Victorian-era town, celebrates this colorful history. Stroll our authentic board sidewalks to Old West saloons, shops, museums, and restaurants. Or visit historic churches, 19th century homes, public buildings, and quaint cemeteries. Maybe it’s a ride on a stagecoach, horse-drawn carriage, trolley, or the V&T Railroad steam engine train that crosses the high desert landscape dotted with old mines. Take your step back in time in Virginia City!”