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If your family is interested in the old west and you are looking for family vacation ideas, then you may want to
consider a trip to
Virginia City, Nevada. It was once known as the richest place on earth and is home to the
Comstock Lode, which yielded hundreds of millions in gold and silver. Virginia City is located just a
short distance from either
Carson City or Reno, Nevada. During our trip we stayed in Carson City and used it as
our base camp, so that we could explore Lake Tahoe, Virginia City and the surrounding area. From Carson City
you can either take a short drive up the Virginia City area to look around or take the
V & T Railroad. The train
ride takes you through Gold Hill and takes about 1 1/2 hours to get there. If you take the train then you have 3-4
hours to explore the area before the return departure.
Virginia City Nevada
Mackay Mansion
This is what we did when we visited, but to be honest with you once we
got to
Virginia City we could have easily spent much more time there, as
there is so much to see and do. Once you get there and walk around a
bit, the Red Dog Saloon is a great place to have a pizza and relax for
lunch, but there are many other places along the main street (C Street) to
grab a snack or a meal.

During the mining boom there were nearly 30,000 people living here.
Even though it is no where near this size today, there are still many
beautifully restored historic structures that remain, along with  museums,
homes, hotels, shops, and restaurants. Both young and old can relive the
old west here, and folks come from all over the world each year just to
visit this historic Comstock Lode area and catch a small glimmer of the

The pictures to the left and below show just a few of these magnificent
structures: the Mackay Mansion, Chollar Mansion and mine, the Savage
Mansion, the Fourth Ward School House, and the St. Paul's Episcopal
Fourth Ward School House now a museum
Chollar Mansion
Savage Mansion
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
During your visit, be sure and take your time as you walk down the main street (C Street). The old west comes
alive, with boardwalks, false front buildings, old miners and their burros, gun fighters and other sights to enjoy.
Take your time to check out many of these shops. You will find a little bit of everything. One moment we were
trying our hand in a shooting gallery, and then we were browsing through a candy store, touring a museum, then
in and out of other stores. Mark Twain Book Store has many interesting mining maps and books about the area
if you are interested in learning about the history. All of the shop owners and folks were very friendly and helpful
during our visit. Be sure and take your time and give yourself a chance to see all of the sights and really soak up
the atmosphere. You will be glad that you did!

Below are some photos that we took of the Virginia City area during our visit in July of 2011. Enjoy!
View down main street of Virginia City
Covered boardwalk of Virginia City
Bucket of Blood Saloon
View along boardwalk
View along boardwalk
Silver Queen Saloon, General Store
Red Dog Saloon - great pizza and meatball subs
Interesting signs are everywhere
Monument dedicated to the Comstock Lode
Watch cowboys stage a gunfight
Ponderosa Saloon and mine tour
The Palace Restaurant
Mining millsite tour
Historical markers for walking tour
Fourth Ward School - wood stove
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