Welcome to Downtown Virginia City, NV

Mark Twain's first job was writing about us

"Mark Twain's first job was writing about us"

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A little about Virginia City

Guests can stroll along authentic board sidewalks, view historic churches, scores of 19th century homes, public buildings and quaint cemeteries. They also can visit Old West saloons, shops, museums and restaurants for free or nominal costs, ride on a stagecoach, horse-drawn carriage, trolley or the historic steam-engine Virginia and Truckee Railroad that crosses scenic high desert and landscape dotted with old mines.

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The history of Virginia City

The 19th century mining boom turned Virginia City into the most important settlement between Denver and San Francisco; and grubby prospectors into instant millionaires. They built mansions, imported furniture and fashions from Europe and the Orient, and helped finance the Civil War... and then went on to build empires around the world. The finest example being San Francisco. At the peak of its glory, Virginia City was a boisterous town. There was gold in every hill and millions of dollars were being made. Men came from everywhere. The spirits of these Comstock characters still inhabit the places they built, and 150 years later romance still thrives in the wondrous place in the shadow of Sun Mountain. Learn of , the "Bonanza Kings" of Irish descent: Mackay, Fair, Flood and O'Brien or Mark Twain and his stint as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise, and how his writing career began here.

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Businesses in Virginia City, Nevada

Here is a collection of downtown Virginia City, Nevada businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


B Street House Bed and Breakfast


The elegance of the Old West


Cobb Mansion Bed and Breakfast


Virginia City's most regal B and B


Edith Palmer's Country Inn


Virginia City's finest Country Inn


Gold Hill Hotel


Opened 1861, Nevada's Oldest Hotel


Tahoe House Hotel


16 room Inn located on Main Street in the heart of Virginia City


The Washoe Club Haunted Museum

Museums / Attractions

Started by Millionaires, kept by ghosts


Cafe Del Rio


We know how Mexican food should be prepared


Comstock Corner Cafe


Quality family dining daily. Fine dining weekend evenings


Virginia City Baked Goods


Stop in for a start to your day or a quick snack


Barrels O'Candy


Candies from the 50's and your favorites from today


Grandma's Fudge


Melt in your mouth cold table fudge