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Virginia City

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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Virginia City Nevada Events Calendar

Dec 2021
03 December 2021
V&T Railroad Depot, 166 F Street
Virginia City, NV 89401
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V&T Candy Cane Express – Virginia City

November 26 - 28 & December 3 - 19, 2021 Reservations Required. If the kiddies, and grandma have been good all year (okay, most of the year)… add a little magic to the season and bring them to Virginia City to ride the V&T Candy Cane Express. Steeped in holiday spirit, this whimsical train has […]

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03 December 2021
St. Mary’s Art Center, 55 N R St
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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7th Annual St Mary’s Holiday Faire – Virginia City

A 2 day extravaganza of unique work by local artists and makers. Join us for a festive weekend of amazing creations in a historical treasure. Built in 1875, St. Mary’s Art Center is the Grand Dame of Virginia City and is a National Historic Landmark. High up in the Virginia Range mountains, perched near old […]

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03 December 2021
Virginia & Truckee Railroad, 165 F Street
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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Electric Holiday Train O’ Lights – Virginia City

It’s Christmas on the Comstock with thousands of LED lights! What better place to be than in Virginia City for the Holiday steam extravaganza of Lights! After a stroll down the boardwalk shopping and enjoying some merry carols, head on down to the 1870 Virginia & Truckee depot at 5:00 and 6:30 pm to catch […]

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04 December 2021
Virginia City, 89 C Street
Virginia City, NV 89401 United States
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Christmas On The Comstock Parade of Lights & Fireworks Show – Virginia City

Let Virginia City lift your spirits and Believe Again in the Christmas magic with two weekends of events and a whole month of holiday fun for the entire family. Virginia City is a picture-perfect living vintage Christmas postcard. Take a step back to simpler times as the town transforms with holiday lights, local shops decorated […]

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10 December 2021
V&T Railroad Depot, 166 F Street
Virginia City, NV 89401
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V&T Candy Cane Express – Virginia City

November 26 - 28 & December 3 - 19, 2021 Reservations Required. If the kiddies, and grandma have been good all year (okay, most of the year)… add a little magic to the season and bring them to Virginia City to ride the V&T Candy Cane Express. Steeped in holiday spirit, this whimsical train has […]

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10 December 2021
Virginia & Truckee Railroad, 165 F Street
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
+ Google Map

Electric Holiday Train O’ Lights – Virginia City

It’s Christmas on the Comstock with thousands of LED lights! What better place to be than in Virginia City for the Holiday steam extravaganza of Lights! After a stroll down the boardwalk shopping and enjoying some merry carols, head on down to the 1870 Virginia & Truckee depot at 5:00 and 6:30 pm to catch […]

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10 December 2021
Piper’s Opera House – Virginia City, 12 North B Street
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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$15 – $200

A Comstock Christmas Carol – Virginia City

Join us for a classic performance with a Virginia City twist brought to you by Piper’s Players! Piper’s Opera House presents “A Comstock Christmas Carol”, an adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens Christmas story of greed and redemption featuring the money-loving Ebenezer Scrooge, and the Christmas Eve when spirits visit him and show him the […]

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11 December 2021
Virginia City, 18 S C St.
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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Christmas On The Comstock Parade of Lights & Fireworks Show – Virginia City

Let Virginia City lift your spirits and Believe Again in the Christmas magic with two weekends of events and a whole month of holiday fun for the entire family. Virginia City is a picture-perfect living vintage Christmas postcard. Take a step back to simpler times as the town transforms with holiday lights, local shops decorated […]

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17 December 2021
V&T Railroad Depot, 166 F Street
Virginia City, NV 89401
+ Google Map

V&T Candy Cane Express – Virginia City

November 26 - 28 & December 3 - 19, 2021 Reservations Required. If the kiddies, and grandma have been good all year (okay, most of the year)… add a little magic to the season and bring them to Virginia City to ride the V&T Candy Cane Express. Steeped in holiday spirit, this whimsical train has […]

Find out more »
17 December 2021
Virginia & Truckee Railroad, 165 F Street
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
+ Google Map

Electric Holiday Train O’ Lights – Virginia City

It’s Christmas on the Comstock with thousands of LED lights! What better place to be than in Virginia City for the Holiday steam extravaganza of Lights! After a stroll down the boardwalk shopping and enjoying some merry carols, head on down to the 1870 Virginia & Truckee depot at 5:00 and 6:30 pm to catch […]

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