Letter from the Publisher
Virginia City was known as the Queen of the Comstock, the internationally famous mining district. Founded in 1859, the settlement was the focus of a gold rush and within a year, it became the region’s largest community, a status it maintained in Nevada into the 1890s.
The passion and positive energy has never gone away of the years. Those who life, work and/or call Virginia City their home mainly have the same thing in common… pride. Know matter how long someone has lived in Virginia City or it Storey County, NV area, you see pride and overall positive energy coming from their words and body language.
Here’s an overview of our Storey County’s Communities
With each and every creak of the 146+ year old wooden boardwalks, a stroll through Virginia City’s living museums and unique shops takes you back to a 19th-century charm that has remained intact.
By the mid-1870s, this cosmopolitan city had an opera house (Piper’s Opera House, which is listed by the League of Historic Theaters), stylish hotels, a railroad, and more than 100 saloons.In 1863, a young Samuel Clemens began his writing career as a reporter for The Territorial Enterprise under the pen name of Mark Twain.
In its heyday, Virginia City had more than 25,000 residents, and today is home to 1,200 people.
During your visit to Virginia City, be sure to make a stop at adjacent Gold Hill. Here you’ll discover the famous, historic Gold Hill Hotel where visitors enjoy fine-dining while also getting a taste of what life was like back in the 19th and early 20th century. At the peak of mining activity, Gold Hill was home to over 8,000 gold and silver miners. Today, roughly 200 residents reside in the small community.
This area of the county includes the communities of Lockwood, Painted Rock, Rainbow Bend, and McCarran and is nestled along the beautiful Truckee River and surrounding hillsides. Reno and Sparks are a quick 5 mile drive west on I-80.
This community is located just east of Virginia City at the base of Six Mile Canyon. Surrounded by the rustic beauty of the high desert and the dramatic elevation shifts of the surrounding mountains, this community offers convenient access to the U.S. Highway 50 corridor. Residents here enjoy a quiet lifestyle coupled with ease in accessing a major roadway connecting them to Dayton, Carson City, and beyond.
This upscale area located between Virginia City and Reno on Geiger Grade offers residents custom homes on parcels ranging from 1-acre to 40-acres. The Virginia Highlands provide limitless views of clear blue sky and the ideal backdrop for riding horses and enjoying the outdoors.
Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center Area
In recent years, several companies have established a presence at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in the River District on the eastern side of our county.
On any given day, you’ll meet people that say their from just over there or down away… main of them enjoy Virginia City as an Adventure Destination. For me… my home is VC… – M. Kameron Hawkins