Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Weather Delay – Still in Reno

Instead of moving north from Reno this past Tuesday we decided to stay another week due to rain and snow in our path in both Oregon and Idaho. Weather here in Reno was 66 degrees and bright blue skies. Ho-hum, we will sit it out. We don’t like driving in rain let alone snow.

Reno in The Distance

Today we decided to take the Jeep and take the 26 miles drive from downtown Reno to the southeastern historical town of Virginia City, Nevada. While Reno’s elevation is about 4,500 feet Virginia City is at 6,150. It seem higher, because the road, which is excellent, has a lot of switch backs. It took us about 35 minutes to go the 26 miles.

This history of Virginia City is unique. The city was a boomtown in 1859 with the discovery of the Comstock Lode. The first major silver deposit discovery in the U.S. The population of Virginia City went from a few hundred to near 25,000 in the 1860s, but mining dried up and the town went into decline by 1879 and over the years the population as declined to 855 in the 2010 census.
Main Street

Virginia City was the birthplace of “Mark Twain” in 1863 when, Samuel Clements, a writer and reporter on the local territorial newspaper first used his famous pen name.

The Red Dog Saloon was where Janis Joplin, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Charlatans, The Grateful Dead, and others got their start in 1965.

Today, in the 21st Century, the future is based on tourism and the western city draws about two million visitors annually. Western characters, in full western dress, roam the city streets engaging in conversation. Our favorite would be “Stinky”, a miner dressed for the occasion and pulling a mule.

This is a must see if you get in the area and want to look back a few years. Plenty of restaurants, saloons, slot machines, and clean bathrooms. Parking was adequate.

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