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Sep 1, 2018 - A day in the "old west"

I drove towards Carson City on Route 50, then turned off to go up a canyon to Virginia City, which sits on the side of a desert mountain. That ride up the canyon was fun in my little car with its twists and turns! Then once I got into the city! There is one main street with western style buildings on each side and the sidewalks are wooden boards. Michele got there the same time I did and we started our day by visiting "The Way It Was" museum. that taught us about silver mining, comstock lode, period dress by women, and even how Mark Twain...

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May 26, 2018 - V & T Railroad

Did you ever hear of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad? We hadn't either! The V & T Railroad is a privately-owned historical heritage short-line railroad that runs a 14 1/2 mile route between Carson City and Virginia City, Nevada. Originally built to accommodate the Comstock Lode mining communities in northwestern Nevada. The line ran from Reno to Carson City. It split there, with a track going south to Minden, and another east to Virginia City. The Virginia City track was built in 1869. For you folks that slept through American History in...

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Oct 17, 2017 - the way it was

To our midwestern eyes, much of Nevada is rather god-forsaken looking. Sure some of the mountains and rolling hills are covered with a wide variety of colored minerals and the sagebrush is blooming a rich hue of gold at the moment, but much of it is dry and barren looking. What's important is what's under the ground. The Silver State earned its nickname long before the casinos began generating it. The Comstock Lode was the first major discovery of silver in the United States when it was found in 1859. Fortune hunters who had missed out on...

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Oct 8, 2017 - Virginia City, Nevada.. Again :-)

The last city on our driving tour this week was Virginia City, Nevada. We have visited this awesome old western town many times. We have seen ostrich races, camel races and even outhouse races on our previous visits. This time we just enjoyed the town and did a bit of exploring. We visited the old school and enjoyed the shops and especially the wild horses in the area. From the time you leave Reno, you will see wild horse warning, some are flashing if they are anywhere near the road. We enjoyed watching them roam all over the back roads of...

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Oct 1, 2016 - Outhouse Races

We spent the day in Virginia City watching one of the most unusual races we have ever seen. We were here before for the Camel Races and the Ostrich Races, today we watched the Outhouse Races. :-) The Races pit teams of costumed outhouse racers against each other. One person rides and the remaining team members push, pull or drag the decorated outhouses down the racetrack. This fun and hilarious event marks a moment in history when the townspeople once took their outhouses to the streets and marched to city hall to protest new ordinances...

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Jun 2, 2016 - Virginia City, NV

Had a great time as usual in VC....good food, drink, entertainment and enjoying the history of the old West. We stayed in our rig in the RV Park with Greg & Ginny in their rig in town and have some pretty good pics...like wild horses right outside the camper and also pics from the Bucket of Blood saloon where I got 'shangied' so to speak. Will get the pics up soon. Back home to Reno is next and then to Coleville, CA later this month with the Elks Group.

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Jul 29, 2014 - Virginia City

Virginia City is located in western Nevada at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just south of Reno & I-80. It was once the richest gold producing area in the United States. Today there are shops & restaurants, most of the buildings still retain there original facades. We arrived in town about an hour before the stores opened, there was one small coffee shop open so we sat down for a beverage. We had great timing, we were in & out of town before it got really busy.

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May 7, 2014 - Virginia City, NV

Last Friday we headed up to Virginia City (about a 30 min.drive) with close friends Ginny & Greg and had a great time before our trip to Wisconsin. Came back home Tuesday morning. Virginia City is home to David John and the Comstock Cowboys who play to an always packed house at the Bucket of Blood Saloon. We ate out every night enjoying the flavors of the City which included BBQ Ribs, Pizza, and Mexican. Our best dinner was the last night in town where we were invited to a small private (8 local guests) informal dinner at 'CORE of Fine...

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Oct 1, 2013 - Virginia City, Nevada

We are now settled into our working routine. With Sunday through Tuesday off, we have a chance to do a little exploring of this area. This day saw us in Virginia City located about 46 miles away and 2,000 feet higher than Fernley at about 6,200 feet. Situated on the Comstock Lode, Virginia City sprang into being in 1859 withthe discovery of gold. It was also the first major silver discovery in the United States. The town appeared virtually overnight and grew to a high of 15,000 residents. As with many boomtowns of that era, Virginia City...

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Jul 19, 2013 - A City of Gold and Silver

Today I took the train, the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, up to Virginia City. The ride takes about an hour and a half to cover maybe 20 miles which averages about 14 miles per hour up the mountain to the head of Six-mile Canyon where Virginia City is located. The ride up was hot, but not as bad as the ride down later in the afternoon after walking the streets of Virginia City. A little of the history of Virginia City is in order. Virginia City was transformed into the most important industrial city between Denver and San Francisco around...

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May 28, 2013 - Virginia City

Went to see Old Brick buildings. My Great-Grandfather was to head Mason on many of the projects. For more pictures go to: Photos

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May 1, 2013 - Virginia City, NV

We had a great time up in Virginia City..always enjoy. Last local camping, with Greg and Ginny, before heading out May 15th for the Oregon coast and more before returning in mid-August. Weather turned South late Thursday with rain and colder temps but the other days were very nice. Saturday, good weather early, we did view the Fourth Annual Police Memorial Week Parade and what we thought might only be 10 min. turned out to be close to an hour of cool older police, fire and ambulance vehicles and motor cycles. Participant vehicles from CA,...

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