Virginia City is a census-designated place (CDP) that is the county seat of Storey County, Nevada. It is part of the Reno–Sparks Metropolitan Statistical Area. Virginia City sprang up as a boomtown with the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode, the first major silver deposit discovery in the United States, with numerous mines opening. At the city's peak of population in the mid-1870s, it had an estimated 25,000 residents. The mines' output declined after 1878, and the city itself declined as a result. As of the 2010 Census the population of Virginia City was about 855, with 4,000 living in Storey County.
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The museum displays the most complete collection of Comstock mining artifacts in the world plus rare photos, lithographs and maps of the "Bonanza" period. Virginia City's history is widely celebrated downtown with a multitude of museums featuring Mark Twain's writing, the years of radio inspired by bonanza king and telecom giant John Mackay, the critical importance of police and fire, the connection with famous Madame Julia Bulette and the role of a Civil War general.At the top of the list as a must see, the "Way It Was Museum" takes visitors back in time to show how things that mattered in life worked for Virginia City. A few steps in the museum, and you can see the works of milling and mining with old Cornish pumps. Also check out costumed mannequins, mineral collections, a fully-equipped blacksmith shop, rare photographs and information on the Sutro tunnel mule train. The tunnel, created by San Francisco investor Adolph Sutro in 1869, was designed to ventilate the mines, drain water and provide escape for miners.
A poker table that allegedly is cursed and causes gamblers to commit suicide. The Suicide Table is a Faro table currently on display in the Delta Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada. It is so called because three owners of the table committed suicide. Above the table, there is a sign that reads: "So called because three previous Owners are reported to have committed Suicide because of heavy Losses 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 for one nights play. He was unable to pay off his losses. One report has it that he committed suicide and another report has it that he was saved the trouble. The table was then stored for some years because no one would Deal on it. It was finally converted into a '21' Table sometime in the late '90s' and its black reputation seemed to have been forgotten, until one stormy night. A miner, who had been cleaned out in some other gambling house stumbled in half drunk. As the story goes, he gambled a gold ring against a five dollar gold piece, and won. He played all night Long... and by morning had one over $86,000 in cash, a team of horses and an interest in a gold mine. Everything the owner of table had in the world. That caused the third suicide. Many famous men have gambled for high stakes, leaning on the green cloth, watching the turn of a card. Fortunes have been won and lost on it. Suicide Table is truly a relic that is replete with memories of the old town, and who knows, perhaps the ghosts of the old timers are still leaning on their elbows, watching for the turn of a card. Virginia City is a town of relics & memories & ghosts of the past"
The Silver State National Peace Officers Museum is dedicated to sharing the stories of those men and women patrolling the streets of America, responding to your calls for help, and holding the line on your safety. We are dedicated to preserving the history of the city marshals, United States Marshals, sheriffs and their deputies, police officers, and constables that have served their communities and this country in law enforcement, keeping the peace to such an extend that more than 20,000 of them have had their lives taken from them while performing those duties.
The Virginia and Truckee Railroad (reporting mark VT) was built to serve the Comstock Lode mining communities of northwestern Nevada. At its height, the railroad's route ran from Reno south to Carson City, Nevada. In Carson City, the mainline split into two branches. One branch continued south to Minden, while the other branch traveled east to Virginia City. The first section constructed from Virginia City to Carson City was constructed commencing in 1869 to haul ore, lumber and supplies for the Comstock Lode. The railroad was abandoned in 1950 after years of declining revenue. Much of the rail infrastructure was pulled up and sold, along with the remaining locomotives and railcars. In the 1970s, with public interest in historic railroads on the rise, the old lines were rebuilt by private investors, with an eye towards re-opening the lines. Today, the privately-owned Virginia & Truckee Railroad Company operates as a heritage railroad, headquartered in Virginia City. The Virginia & Truckee Railroad owns and uses the service mark "Queen of the Short Lines." The V&T Railroad runs up to 7 trains per day, many in steam behind locomotive #29, a 2-8-0 Consolidation, or an ex-US Army GE 80 ton diesel from Virginia City from Memorial Day until the end of October each year.
Located 1/2 mile east of the historic town of Virginia City on Montana Highway 287 approximately 1 hour drive from West Yellowstone National Park Full service campground w/pull thrus & hook-ups. Cabins available. City water for filling RV waste disposal free to guests. Free Wi-FiVisit Virginia City RV Park
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