Virginia City

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Virginia City is one of the oldest established communities in Nevada, USA… 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. During the 20 years following the Comstock success “about $400 million was taken out of the ground”. When the Comstock Lode ended in 1898, the city’s population declined sharply.
Historical populations
Census Pop. ±
1860 2,345
1870 7,048 200.6

1880 10,917 54.9%
1890 6,433 −41.1%
1900 2,695 −58.1%
1910 2,244 −16.7%
1920 1,200 −46.5%
1930 590 −50.8%
1940 500 −15.3%
1950 500 0%
1960 610 22.0%
1970 600 −1.6%
1980 600 0%
1990 920 53.3%
2000 1,500 63.0%

Adolph Sutro built the Sutro Tunnel in support of the mining operations. Conceived in 1860, it wasn’t completed until many years later, after much of the silver mining had already been completed.

From its creation in 1859 to 1875, there were five widespread fires. The 1875 fire, dubbed the Great Fire of 1875, caused $12,000,000 in damages.

Virginia City and Mark Twain~
Virginia City could be considered the “birthplace” of Mark Twain, as it was here in February 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 Historical data in The Virginia City historical documents point out that Clemens, was “mugged” one night as he walked over the hill from the south while returning to Virginia City (probably after consuming alcoholic 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 newspaper of the time. 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. This robbery, which took place on 10 November 1863, turns out to have been a practical joke played on Sam Clemens by his “friends”, to give him “material” to write about. He did not appreciate the joke, but at least he got his belongings back (especially his gold watch worth $300), which had great “sentimental” value to him. Sam Clemens also mentions the incident in his own book Roughing It, (published Feb 1872) – and he was still sore about it!
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This view is from the Cemetery( aka: Boot Hill)..Taken summer of 2009.. Canon T1i. Appreciate your views and comments…=D

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