Virginia City Sidewalk

Because it’s my favorite month –

Fiery Halloween text

I’d like to write about another ghost town we visited on our last road trip.  After stopping in Bodie, California we made our way to Virginia City, Nevada.

Virginia City sits at an elevation of 6,220 and, like Bodie, is also an old mining town. In addition to gold mines, Virginia City was also famous for its silver mines. Millions of dollars were being made when the town was booming and it was said that there was gold in every hill around.

Virginia City high view

It is a very twisty and steep drive up from the main freeway to the outskirts of Virginia City.

Map Carson City to Virginia City, Nevada
Part of our route from Reno - The road up to Virginia City seemed a heck of a lot more twistier than this map shows!

It always surprises me when you come across a little strip of City out in the middle of nowhere.

Virginia City Building

Before we start in on ghosts, let’s talk history. Mark Twain got his start in Virginia City as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise in 1862.

Mark Twain

The town itself is charming with its authentic board sidewalks, historic buildings and churches. There are plenty of little shops and restaurants to visit.

Watch out for crazy cowboy looking dudes wearing sunglasses though.

Virginia City Cowboy Pops

Messing with him, can only get you thrown in here:
Virginia City Jail

There definitely isn’t a shortage of  “Old West” saloons to visit.
Bucket of Blood Saloon Virginia City

And even a few brothels to check out too – well at least the signs for the brothels can be viewed.

Virginia City Brothel

You may even want to get a place to stay for a bit if they have any of the $1 rooms left available.

Virginia City Saloon

We happened to be visiting during their annual Camel races which seemed like an odd event to be held in an old west mining town, but the crowds of people visiting that day showed it was quite a popular event.

Other sites to see and experience include a history museum, a gunfight show, an old mine tour and horse drawn carriage rides.

Virginia City Gunfights

Now, back to some spookin’ –

Virginia City is said to be one of America’s most haunted places – and definitely Nevada’s most haunted city.

The say there are more people in the towns cemeteries than on its census rolls.

If you’re in to ghost hunting, there are at least 3 said to roam The Old Washoe Club – a man dressed in black, a lady dressed in blue, and a small child. The Old Washoe Club has been featured on the tv show Ghosts Hunters. (Read More)

More haunted locations include:

  • The Silver Queen Hotel and Casino is haunted by a pregnant female spirit from the 1800s waiting upon the return of her boyfriend
  • The Visitor’s Center is haunted by a small girl who’s identity is unknown
  • The Chapin Boarding House which sits vacant today and is known for giving you an uneasy feeling when you enter
  • The Gold Hill Hotel is haunted by 2 spirits. One is a firefighter identified by the scent of his pipe tobacco and the other is thought to be the ghost of a previous housekeeper identified by the scent of rose petals.

There are many other haunted locations in Virginia City such as The Red Dog Saloon, the Mackay Mansion, and Piper’s Opera House. In fact, it seems like just about all of the old, historical buildings have a ghost or two, which is why Virginia City is considered the most haunted city in Nevada.

Here are other sites you can check out (if you dare) describing even more details:

For more photos of our trip to Virginia City, including camels, parades and Miss Nevada, check out my Flickr page.

Three more days to Halloween!! bwaaahahahahahaha!!!

~ Lita

Virginia City is said to be one of America’s most haunted places – and definitely Nevada’s most haunted city. It is also said there are more people in the towns cemeteries than on its census rolls.


1 Comment on Virginia City – Ghost Town #2

  1. I can smell the bottles under the soil. I so want to go there. Thank for the post Lita!

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