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Virginia City, Nevada

On Drew’s day off, he and I left Tahoe and drove East over the mountains toward Carson City. The hailstorm earlier in the week had damaged our 10 year old A/C covers on the roof and I was going to buy a new one at an RV parts store. It was a tiny little quonset hut with “stuff” all over outside, including where ever they stored their parts. We loaded it into the car and headed out toward our real destination: Virginia City, Nevada!

Historical markers downtown Virginia City
These Virginia City markers embedded in ore from every county in Nevada

 

Virginia City is the site of the discovery of gold and silver in 1859 at the Comstock Lode and Brunswick Ledge.   They have retained the “Old West / Wild West”  feel of the area by retaining the old storefronts and wooden sidewalks while making it a popular tourist destination.

Every western city of any size puts the city’s initial on a nearby hill!
Old wooden sidewalks contribute to the Old West feel!

Gambling continues to be a major source of income in Nevada and Virginia City is no different.  Gaming houses and saloons line the streets with current opportunities to gamble and historical references also.

This full-sized artwork is made of nothing but silver dollars from the gambling tables!
What an interesting story!!
Virginia City is also famous for its prominence in the old TV show, “Ponderosa”
Virginia City circa 1935

Virginia City is set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, has a tough uphill climb in and out, and is hot, dry and dusty most of the time.  Of course, I found the local cemetery and made Drew walk up and down and all around it.  It is unlike any other cemetery I have seen with little fenced plots barely under the soil and clinging tightly to the side of the hill.  Gravel, sagebrush, and knurled trees were the only vegetation in the cemetery and horse droppings were everywhere.  Most of the grave sites are organized by social/fraternal/civic groups: Masons, Jewish, Catholic, firemen, etc..  Many of the gravestones note the state or country of origin of the deceased, very few of the deceased were actually born in Virginia City.

Silver Terrace Cemetery

While we were at the cemetery, Drew pointed to a rather new house below us.  A small herd of wild horses were wandering around the end of the street there!  We returned to the car and headed in that direction, and, right at the end of a street, there they were!

Wild horses!!!!

We got back in the car to head back to Carson City and came by this herd just hanging out by St. Mary’s Art Center!

Just enjoying some good green grass!

Check out this video on one of the wild horses!  Looks like he is saluting us!

 

Heading back down the windy road, we passed through the town of Gold Hill with skeletons of old mining equipment along the way.  We passed an active mine, Comstock Mining Company, tucked back into the hills.

History of the Comstock Lode
Mining past and present ..
History and horses!!

We had such a very good day on the dry side of Lake Tahoe!

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