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Oct 2020
03 October 2020
Virginia City, 18 S C St.
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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30th Annual World Championship Outhouse Races – CANCELLED

CANCELLED Potty humor abounds at this Virginia City tradition dating back to the day when outdoor plumbing was outlawed and angry residents took their outhouses to the streets. These days, teams of three are pitted against each other in an all-out potty race to claim the latrine title. The races challenge teams of three costumed […]

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10 October 2020
Virginia City, 18 S C St.
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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$5 – $95

37th Annual Chili on the Comstock – CANCELLED

CANCELLED The 37th annual Chili on the Comstock has been rescheduled! We can’t wait to see you on the Comstock October 10-11, 2020. The chili will be hot and the beer will be cold – perfect for a chilly October day. See what we did there? All current guidelines in place at the time of […]

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17 October 2020
Virginia City, 18 S C St.
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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49th Annual Virginia City Grand Prix – CANCELLED

CANCELLED The Comstock comes alive with the roar of motorcycles during the Virginia City Grand Prix, one of the largest and most competitive off road motorcycle races in the west. This annual two-day event draws more than 1,000 racers to Virginia City to battle the rough terrain for glory. A street party will be hosted […]

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Nov 2020
11 November 2020
Virginia City, 18 S C St.
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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Virginia City’s Veteran’s Day Cruise

A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism and willingness to serve for our freedom. Come honor those past and current veterans of our armed forces.

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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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