July 5, 2009 by torqdog
Virginia City is a very colorful town, full of charm and characters that take you back to a time when Silver was king. Founded in 1859 when silver was discovered, Virginia City went on to become one of the largest Boomtowns in the world. Commonly referred to as the Comstock lode, Virginia City’s silver was a key factor in Nevada being admitted into the Union in 1864 and Nevada is known as the Silver State. The state’s motto is “battle born” largely due to the importance silver played in financing the Civil War and the resulting admittance into the Union during that time. Samuel Clemens, aka; Mark Twain lived here. From wiki; Virginia City could be considered the birthplace of Mark Twain, as it was here in 1863 that writer Samuel Clemens, then a reporter on the local Territorial Enterprise newspaper, first used his famous pen name.
Every year Virginia City has a 4th of July celebration. For ten years running, the local band known as the Comstock Cowboys put on a free concert at the Bucket of Blood saloon parking lot, followed by a fantastic fireworks display. It’s become a family tradition of ours and others in the area. Good food, spirit and a whole host of savory characters dressed in “period” costume take you back to a distant past. Lots of fun had by all.
David John and the Comstock Cowboys.
Folks in Virginia City take their 2nd ammendment rights seriously. Many townsfolk find it quite normal to strap on a gunbelt and cruise the boardwalks.
Even the bass player has one.
One of the townsfolk
A cute couple. The gal even had a small deringer strapped to her leg.
Keeping the peace……. not that it’s a problem in V.C.
Saluting to a moving song about fallen heroes.
Pistol packin Granny
Protecting the Beer
Terrible shot of the fireworks. I think next time I’ll bring a tripod as 30 second hand held exposures don’t cut it.