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Jul 2020
31 July 2020
Virginia City Fairgrounds, 458 F Street
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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Hot August Nights in Virginia City – POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 KICK IT OFF OLD SCHOOL It’s never too soon to be planning your next cruise. Make 2020 a classic with Hot August Nights in Virginia City, July 31 & August 1. Celebrate Hot August Nights’ in this historic mining town just outside of Reno with cruising events, live entertainment, poker walk fun […]

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Aug 2020
08 August 2020
Silverland Inn & Suites, 100 North E Street
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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Art Walk on the Comstock

A shopping trip from the past! On August 8th and 9th, Great American Craft Fairs will be in Virginia City featuring Art Walk on the Comstock. The show in the historic city will feature more than 100 Fine Art and Crafts exhibits. Everything at the show is made by the person selling it. While you're […]

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22 August 2020
Virginia City Fairgrounds, 458 F Street
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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$15 – $18

Virginia City Rodeo & Fiesta Del Charro

Giddy up to Virginia City for the 5th annual Fiesta del Charro. This Hispanic rodeo features all the heritage and excitement you’d expect from an authentic Hispanic rodeo. Wrapping up the event is a concert. Get up close and personal with bull riders, wild broncs, escaramuzas, dancing horses, and a festive atmosphere that comes with […]

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Sep 2020
11 September 2020
Virginia City Fairgrounds, 458 F Street
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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$12 – $55

International Camel & Ostrich Races – Virginia City, NV

In an event as hilarious as it sounds, the 61st International Camel & Ostrich Races will have you bursting with laughter for an all-out family-friendly event. Watch as camels, ostriches and even zebras gather in Virginia City to carry their daring riders across the finish line as the crowd goes wild. It’s a comical racing spectacle […]

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Virginia City Information

International Hotel - 1876 Virginia City, NVFOR 25 GLORIOUS YEARS Virginia City was the leading city in Nevada and the brightest and most important settlement between Denver and San Francisco. Then came 75 bad years during which mining production slowed, became small-scale and sporadic and, upon the Presidential Order of 1942, finally stopped. The city shriveled over those years. Buildings collapsed or were torn down and people moved away. But not everyone. Virginia City never quite died.

And so it is the real deal, not some learned reimagining. The actual Mark Twain made his name here, and walked these board sidewalks. The actual Edwin Booth, Lilly Langtry and John Philip Sousa performed at Piper’s Opera House for actual audiences eager for the best.

Un-Blindfolded Lady Justice, Storey County Courthouse, Virginia City NV

The actual Ulysses S. Grant came grandly in a carriage from the railroad depot to the International Hotel on his return to the USA from a world tour. This was “The Richest Place on Earth”, and it sparked the imagination of the world as nothing had done since the California gold rush. These mines on a mountain made of silver and gold brought people from around the world, and the city they built is their monument to this wealth, both real and imagined.

Into the 1920s and ’30s this was still an increasingly ramshackle city of old-timers, and then newcomers began to appear. V.L. McBride opened the Bucket of Blood Saloon in 1937. Dominic Petrini traded his El Capitan in Hawthorne for the Delta Saloon in 1946. Four years later Lucius Beebe and Chuck Clegg revived the Territorial Enterprise and made it nationally popular. Virginia City was being rediscovered.

But it was in 1962 that Virginia City became internationally famous again, this time as the setting for the immensely popular “Bonanza” television program.

Virginia City holds a special place in the heart and the history of the American West, and despite our increasing distance from the glory years, Virginia City’s antic history can come to life in your imagination when you visit.

“Entering the main street,” Browne wrote, “the saloons along the board sidewalks are glittering with their gaudy bars and fancy glasses, and many-colored liquors, and thirsty men are swilling burning poison: organ grinders are grinding their organs and torturing their consumptive monkeys; hurdy-gurdy girls are singing bacchanalian songs in bacchanalian dens. All is life, excitement, avarice, lust, devilry, and enterprise.”

Or just like a modern day Sunday in August (except for the hurdy-gurdy girls and the monkeys).

The old city is one of the largest National Historic Landmarks in the USA, and welcomes visitors the year around.

 

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