Virginia City is a city located in Storey County, Nevada. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of approximately 1,500. Virginia City is the only city in Storey County and is not incorporated.
Virginia City is one of the oldest established cities in Nevada. Like many cities and towns in the state, Virginia City was a mining boomtown; in fact it is one of the most famous boomtowns in the Old West as it virtually appeared overnight as a result of the Comstock Lode silver strike of 1859. During its peak, Virginia City had a population of nearly 30,000 residents. When the Comstock Lode ended in 1898, the city's population declined sharply.
Virginia City could be considered the birthplace of Mark Twain, as it was here in 1863 that writer Samuel Clemens, then a reporter on the local Territorial Enterprise newspaper, first used his famous pen name.
Historical data in The Virginia City Historical documents, point out that newspaper writer Samuel Clemens, was "mugged" one night as he walked over the hill from the south while returning to Virginia City (probably after consuming adult beverages at the home of friends.) The evidence shown points out that this was one of the reasons that persuaded him to relocate elsewhere. The highwaymen with the common "Stand and deliver!" relieved Mr. Clemens of his watch and money he had with him. This evidence is found in the newspaper office and the veracity of the robbery is likely valid as it is reported as a crime in the (period) newspaper. As a motivation for his leaving, it is just speculation since the date of the robbery is prior but close to his leaving and beginning his writing career in earnest at a more developed city.
Virginia City is the nearest town to the Ponderosa Ranch on the Western television drama Bonanza. As such, the show's characters made visits to the town regularly -- or at least to the flat Hollywood backlot town.
Virginia City Historic District
Today, Virginia City is but a shadow of its former glory, however, it still draws over 2 million visitors per year as the nation's largest National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Keeping with tradition, Virginia City does not have any chain stores or fast food restaurants.
Visiting Virginia City
A walk down C Street will show you much of what Virginia City has to offer. Along with shopping and site seeing you can take a carriage ride through town, visit the cemetery, or see an old-fashioned gun show. Virginia City is a safe community and, as long as they have a leash, is dog friendly. Unusually for a town in the United States, outdoor consumption of alcohol is tolerated.
Virginia City Locals
Virginia city consists of a population of 1,000 people in the town and 4,000 in Storey County. It has 1 elementary school, 1 middle school, and 1 high school. Many locals work at the shops in town that cater to tourists, while others seek jobs in the surrounding cities. Popular hangouts for teens include the swimming pool and restaurants.
Some text excerpted from Wikipedia's Virginia City page.