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Heart of a Gypsy Part 7 Virginia City, Nv
Welcome to Nevada!
You all know me I am always looking for the kamikaze tourist trap to lose myself into. Now that I am in a new state, I have all new ground to cover! This week I am reviewing Virginia City.
Those of you who are Louis La’mour fans will remember Virginia City from the Comstock Lode. Virginia City was a booming mining town in its day. In fact there are so many mines through the ground around Virginia City it seems like it should be unstable.
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) was a news paper editor in Virginia City before moving on to California. If a visitor so wished they could visit Mark Twain’s desk (I chose to skip that attraction). Apparently Mark Twain baled out of Virginia City after a nasty argument that was suppose t end in a duel. Juicy writer gossip makes for a great tourist story!
We started our tour with the Suicide table. Apparently back in the day people did not wait till they got to their hotel rooms before killing themselves over bad gambling decisions. This was a borderline morbid exhibit. I would skip it if you have small kids, save yourselves from having to explain suicide to those new readers. It was tough to get past the harsh west feeling of that particular event.
The building architecture in Virginia City borderlines on Victorian. The buildings have ornate decorations, fantastic roof lines, gingerbread trim, and fantastic chandeliers. The buildings alone are worth the trip. The charm of Virginia City is in the old west feel. You almost expect to see a ghost cowboy on a wild horse bucking through town.
The way it was Museum tells the story of the towns mining history. It has some great information if you are a history buff. I found it interesting that Tristan always seems to locate barbwire displays. I am not sure how barb wire makes it into these types of places but I find it hilarious. The Museum has several movies that run telling about the town and its famous writer.
One of my favorite things in Virginia City is the Shooting gallery. I have seen shooting galleries in a lot of places, this was the most fun! This two story shooting gallery offers no end to the targets or their animation. We spent a little time there because shooting guns in the house rocks!!!
. If you are a ghost adventurers fan, this will excite you. The Washoe club is supposed to be home to real ghosts. The Ghost Adventurers had better luck than we did finding ghosts. Creepy brick and a creepy stair case yes..ghost..no. Let me say that for the money you pay to get into the place, there should be at least something spooky. Flickering lights, Disneyland like holograms… anything would have been interesting. But people in these parts take the ghosts seriously and they don’t have any of that fanciful citified ridiculousness.
Unfortunately the scariest thing about the Washoe club was the people in the bar area drinking. Tristan and I tried to get a freaky reflection while taking photos. I can tell we didn’t get anything real. But we did do a few fake photos, if you look over Tristan’s shoulder you can see the ghost… oooooooooo.
Virginia City is home to many candy stores. They are not your average candy stores. Name any candy you have not seen in 20 years, it’s in Virginia City somewhere. Buddy and I had many “remember this” moments. The usual western photos and wrangler boots are available in Virginia City. I was surprised that the antique stores are normally priced for what they offer. We have been back to Virginia City however we have yet to find a decent place to eat there, although we have encounters several over priced places that serve barely edible food. Basically you should eat before you go.
As we were turning around to leave Virginia City an amazing thing happened. The wild Mustangs that are protected by law in Nevada were in a field. It was an amazing moment for my sons to see these beautiful animals wild. I guess the West is still a wild place after all.