This is part three of my series of photo blogs detailing my recent trip to the Reno/Sparks area.
These shots were all taken the afternoon of August 3 in the Virginia City area. Virginia City sits just up the Geiger Grade Rd. from South Reno, across the valley from Mt. Rose and Lake Tahoe. It's known as home to multiple silver mines, a real Old West Main Street, several old cemeteries (which I'll post more on later) and for the last 50+ years, the home of yearly camel races.
(From http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com), Once a vital settlement between Denver and San Francisco, Virginia City influenced the entire country. During its boomtime, Virginia City's mining proceeds amounted to millions of dollars, equaling billions today. Every inch of this picturesque, Victorian-era town, celebrates this colorful history.
|Signs of VC's mining history are everywhere. There are new mines opening to this day.|
|Rommie named this truck "Mater" after the one in Cars.|
|Bailey and Rommie goofing off....|
|This scene was in the window of a candy store. I thought it appropriate!|
|I had to pay this old dude $1 to pose for some pictures! Well, my dad did because I was far too cheap!!!!!|
|This is a large mound of silver ore serving as a monument to the silver strikes in the area.|
|This working train was in the Gold Hill area on the way toward Carson City.|