Saturday, January 19, 2013
Today we're going to visit Virginia City, Nevada! Virginia City (pop. 855) was a mining boomtown that sprang up virtually overnight during the Comstock Lode silver strike. It is said that over 400 million dollars' worth of silver came out of the ground (and that's back when $400m was real money!), but like all boomtowns, Virginia City's fortunes fell when the much of the silver had been mined.
As you can see, VC managed to retain much of its vintage ambiance - it almost looks like a street on a studio backlot. More than 2 million visitors a year come here, and they can still see famous buildings like the "Bucket of Blood Saloon", the "Silver Queen", and the "Suicide Table". I can't help noticing those unusual rain gutters running diagonally from the roofs - never seen anything quite like that before. And while we're at it, check out the cars!
As a kid I knew the name of the town from watching reruns on the long-running TV show "Bonanza". Pa and the boys were always going into the city for supplies or to have a talk with Sheriff Coffey.