Profile for Virginia City, Nevada, NV
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Virginia City is in Storey County, in the Reno-Sparks metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for prospector "Old Virginia" Fennimore, who arrived in 1851.
The latitude of Virginia City is 39.309N. The longitude is -119.648W.
It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 6,198 feet.
Virginia City is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
The community boomed with the Comstock Lode, a rich vein of silver and gold discovered in 1859. Virginia City's elite experienced the height of luxury, with evening dress, champagne and servants.
The mines closed in 1942. After World War II, the city began attracting tourists.
The community is now a federally designated historic district.
Ranked No. 1 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Well-known residents have included:
· Mark Twain, writer
· Albert Abraham Michelson, Nobel Prize winner
Local festivals include:
- International Camel Races - Sept. 7-9, 2007
- Bluegrass on the Comstock - July 13-15, 2007
- World Championship Outhouse Races - Oct. 6-7, 2007
- Jazzin' up The Comstock Jazz Festival - June 9, 2007
Dates often change. Check Virginia City web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Bullette Red Light Museum, Comstock Firemen's Museum, Mackay Mansion Museum, Nevada Gambling Museum, Way It Was Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Virginia City looks like a flower pressed in a book. Pick it up; it will crumble into dust.
-- Inside U.S.A.
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Virginia City festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Jazzin' up The Comstock Jazz Festival - J
- Bluegrass on the Comstock - J
- International Camel Races - S
- World Championship Outhouse Races - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Virginia City include Virginia City Historic District ... View historic districts
Libraries in Virginia City include Storey County Library ... View libraries
Storey County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Virginia City political report.
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“ Virginia City looks like a flower pressed in a book. Pick it up; it will crumble into dust. ”
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