Bob and Rigamarole at Texas Canyon Rest Area, Arizona, September 30, 2017

Bob and Rigamarole at Texas Canyon Rest Area, Arizona, September 30, 2017
Bob and Rigamarole at Texas Canyon Rest Area, Arizona, September 30, 2017

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Virginia City: a pictorial -- Nov. 28, 2011

 Virginia City, NV: Once again we slept in and took our time getting ready to go out. Left the 5er about 1:30 pm and drove to Virginia City. As we drove, we went back in time to the Comstock gold rush. 
 
Driving through the mountains up to Virginia City, we passed abandoned gold mines. The only evidence remaining of many mines are bright orange plastic fences encircling mine openings which say "Danger--No Trespassing." We would not want to find an unmarked mine entrance accidentally. The following sign lists the dangers.
 
Upon arrival in Virginia City, we had to find the Convention & Visitor's Bureau on "C" St. which is where the volkswalk (10K walk) paperwork was located. We drove back and forth a couple of times before we found it.

Weather at the start of our walk was clear and about 55 degrees--great for a six-mile walk. For those of you who have never been, Virginia City is at 6,200' elevation so the air is a bit thinner AND is built on the side of a mountain, so the walk was hilly. 


The main part of town has wooden boardwalks. 



Our first stop on the walk, after walking about 1/2 mile south on "C" St. was the Fourth Ward School. This is a museum during the on season; however late November is definitely off season here so it was closed. Boo.


Across the street was an open pit mine with fences and warnings all around it. 

From C St., we went up one block to B St. There is so much history here, not to mention beautiful old mansions.
Bob is reading the sign (below) which is on the Water Co. building (above). Check out the trunk of the tree in front of the building. It's pretty cool.

Along B St. we passed by the old jailhouse, the Opera House and the Storey County Courthouse. The Lady Justice statue on the courthouse is rare in that Lady Justice is NOT blindfolded. I think there only 20  non-blindfolded statues of  her in the nation

On the back side of the jail, there is a hanging platform which is easily seen from A St. 
Hanging platform.
We continued on B St, past the Opera House, and saw views of C St. and the valley below. 

All along the way were historical markers. Bob, who loves history, said even he had his fill of history today.


Normally a 10K volkswalk takes us approximately two hours; today we took three hours because we stopped to read history plaques and take photographs.


As the afternoon wore on, it got colder. The sun set behind the mountains around 4 p.m. Then the wind kicked up. Brrrrrrr. It got mighty cold. 







Piper's Opera House (see history plaque below)

View of C St. from B St.
 









"New" fire hose house


 











A number of old homes are bed & breakfasts. This town would be fun to visit for a couple of days to enjoy the B&Bs, shop in the stores, and eat & drink in the old saloons with expansive views over mountains and valleys. We looked in a couple of saloons and they are opulent with big bars, old furnishings and boot rails.
 


















After walking up and down C, B & A Streets, we walked out to the old Comstock Cemetery. 

Back in the day, cemeteries were designed with promenades and gardens. They were meant for quiet contemplation and were the precursor to our current parks. The cemetery in Virginia City is impressive even in disrepair. Terraced burial plots go from hilltop down the hillside. Large tombstones and markers remain.
 
Entrance to Comstock Cemetery


Inscription on above monument.



After wandering around the cemetery, we headed back into town to learn a little about Mark Twain and "The Territorial Enterprise," the local newspaper.








As we were walking by the shops on C St., a candy store proprietor was on the sidewalk handing out root beer barrel candy. (Anyone remember those?) The store looked inviting with old wine barrels loaded with different kinds of old-fashioned candies. I would have taken a photo but the shop was photography unfriendly.

This monument is made of ore from every Nevada county.

 
McKay Mansion (see photos below) has quite a history, including the beginning of the Hearst family fortune.

Such a gorgeous location!

Where's roadrunner? Meep, meep! (This was a decoration in a yard.)


The church above was where we started and ended our day in Virginia City. (It's where we found a parking space.)

Overall, the walk was wonderful, but really cold for the last hour (after sunset) when the wind kicked up. Bob couldn't wait to be done with the walk, but we finished it!

Great day.

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