By Marisa Alpert
Virginia City
Nevada
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One hundred-fifty years ago, at the height of its glory days, Virginia City was a town whose streets were paved with gold and silver – lots and lots of silver. The area was settled by prospectors who rushed to the area as a result of the Comstock Lode Silver strike of 1859 which resulted in nearly $400 million worth of silver and gold ore being removed from the area. People came from all over the country to make their fortunes. It remained a mining boomtown and cultural hub of the west for many years.  The small town, located in the Virginia Range of Nevada Mountains, has succeeded in retaining its old west boomtown charm.

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Virginia City may be a small town with only about 1000 residents, but that’s really the only small thing about it. The history is big, the traditions are wild, and they boast being the starting place of a big name in American literature.

One of two local newspapers, The Territorial Enterprise, is proud to call itself the institution where Mark Twain began his career. The paper is still in circulation today and there is a Mark Twain Museum in the center of the town.

Nearly 2 million people visit Virginia City, the nation’s largest National Historic Landmark, each year. And that’s not just to experience the “step back in time” feel that the city is so proud of. There are some exciting, and interesting cultural traditions that take place each year. Which might be why, in 2009, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Virginia City one of America’s Top 12 Distinctive Destinations. Annual Camel races, which generally take place in September, have been a part of Virginia City tradition since 1960 after a writer for The Territorial Enterprise wrote prank articles reporting on the event two years in a row.  Two years later Ostriches were added to the bill. Even more exotic are the annual Outhouse races in October which began as an event commemorating a time when locals would march, outhouses overhead, to city hall protesting the ban on outdoor toilets.

There are also a number of annual food festivals for local and visitors to enjoy. Chili on the Comstock (May) is the longest running chili cook off in Nevada, around since 1983. It is an International Chili Society officially sanctioned event. Locals are particularly fond of the Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival, or if you prefer “Testicle Festival”, that has been held in early spring each year since 1991. And in 2011, new to the bill of events is the Virginia City Wild Game Festival (October).

Virginia City’s list of annual events is indeed impressive, but if shopping is more your speed, try historic C Street. There are also opportunities to tour the old mines, take stagecoach rides, visit old west saloons, and ride the steam powered V & T Railroad.  

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