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Folklore indicates that the town got its name from a man named James Finney who was nicknamed “Old Virginy”. Finney was credited with discovering the Comstock Lode. His real name was James Fennimore, and he had fled his home state of Virginia after killing a man.

Like many cities and towns in the state, Virginia City was a mining boomtown; it appeared virtually overnight as a result of the Comstock Lode silver strike of 1859.

At its peak, Virginia City had a population of over 15,000 residents and was called the richest city in America.[5] During the 20 years following the Comstock success “about $400 million was taken out of the ground.” Most of the miners who came to the city were Cornish or Irish. In 1870, Asians were 7.6% of the population. When the Comstock Lode ran out in 1898, the city’s population declined sharply.

Today Virginia City is a unique tourist destination full of history and things to do. We are also adding new participating businesses so check back often!

Virginia City, Nevada Participating Businesses:

Lodging:

Silverland Inn & Suites 100 North East Street, Virginia City, NV 89521 – (775)847-4484

Edith Palmer’s Country Inn 416 S. B Street, Virginia City, NV 89521 – (775)847-7070

Retail:

Marshall Mint 96 N. C Street, Virginia City, NV 89521 – (775)847-0777

Bucket of Blood Saloon 1 South C Street, Virginia City, NV 89521 – (775)847-0322

Museums:

Fourth Ward School 537 South C Street, Virginia City, NV 89521 – (775)847-0975

Silver State National Peace Officers Museum 26 B Street, Virginia City, NV 89521 – (775)847-7800

Dining:

Bonanza Cafe 27 C Street, Virginia City, NV 89521 – (775)847-7122