RENO - VIRGINIA CITY

A terminal in the biggest little airport. Of course there are slot machines, but not as many as in Las Vegas.

On the flight west I watched The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun (terrific) and The Lego Movie (meh) and on the flight home Belfast (pretty good) and Moonrise Kingdom (not bad).
I reserved a hybrid, given the high gas prices, but they were all out. So I ended up with a Hyundai Elantra. I wasn't crazy about it when I got it, but it had wireless Apple CarPlay and got about 45 mpg, so it ended up a pretty good car.
I guess people go to Nevada for the various vices that you can indulge in, but I was there to see old things.

And of course some of the natural scenery on the way.
Election season was in full swing. Lots of signs on the road into Virginia City. No Cartwrights on the ballot though.
Pelosi Blacksmithing, Horseshoeing and Wagonmaking. I wonder if they were forebears of that old hag Nancy Pelosi.
Virginia City is essentially a tourist town now, but back in the day it boomed following discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859.
Mark Twain worked as a miner on the Comstock Lode before becoming employed as a writer at the Territorial Enterprise newspaper in 1862.
The Old Washoe Club was a very popular establishment for the citizens of Virginia City back in the day. In addition, the building also housed a stock brokerage, stationery store and hardware store, as well as a rooming house on the second floor and office space on the third.
Old wooden buildings how house souvenir shops. Unrelated to the old stuff, an air raid siren went off at noon, just like the one in Plantation when I was growing up.
The Virginia & Truckee Railroad was a short line railroad that served the mining areas of northwest Nevada. The depot building was completed in 1870.
In 1869, the V&T hauled millions of dollars in silver and gold out of Virginia City. It currently runs as a tourist train.
The Fourth Ward School was opened on November 28, 1876 and could accommodate over a thousand students. It had state-of-the-art heating, ventilation and sanitation systems.
With all of the tourists wandering up and down C Street, the owner of this house wanted it known that it was of no importance.
From various signs and flags, I got the impression that northern Nevada is Trump country.
This is either a private residence or a bed and breakfast. I don't see a sign, so I am going to guess a residence.
First Presbyterian Church. It was dedicated January 1, 1867 and is the oldest surviving religious structure in Virginia City.
A sign on the building on the right says that it is one of the oldest buildings in Virginia City, c. 1860. I don't know if that is true, but there is an ATM out front that I used.
The fire house.
It is now the Ponderosa Saloon, but the building was originally the site of the Virginia City agency of the Bank of California in 1864.

There were many little girls in pretty dresses walking around town with their fathers. This Saturday was the Father-Daughter Day and Dance.
The bank financed mining operations around Virginia City and elsewhere in Nevada.
I needed lunch, so I got a sandwich at Red's.
There was a mural of the old map from the beginning credits of Bonanza television show. There was no sign of Ben, Adam, Hoss or Little Joe anywhere.
Piper's Opera House started as Maguire's Opera House in 1863. It burned in 1875 and again in 1883. This building opened again in 1885. It hosted everything from Shakespeare plays, poetry, minstrel shows, political rallies, dances, graduation parties and other civic events.
The old Storey County Courthouse is undergoing rehabilitation by the National Park Service and Nevada State Historic Preservation Office.
Looking down from B Street to the old Silver Dollar Hotel on C Street.
The Old Miner's Union Hall was built in 1876. The Miner's Union was organized in 1867 and fought for recognition, safety, family welfare and a $4.00 a day living wage.

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