Sisters in History: Virginia and Carson
Who Says Politics and Commercialism Don't Mix?
Virginia City and Carson City have been tied together as "Sisters in History" since the 1860's of Territorial Nevada. Virginia City served as an ideal industrial complement to the state's capital and center of law. State politics emanated from Virginia City and were culminated in Carson City.
Virginia City, Queen of the Comstock, held the attention of the world with its mining industry for more than half a century, pouring over $700 million in gold and silver into an ever-expanding nation. That wealth was transported by train to Carson City, as illustrated in the still-operating V&T Railroad. In Virginia City, the Fourth Ward School Museum, Piper's Opera House, St. Mary's Art Center, the Silver Terrace Cemetery, and many other 1800's structures speak eloquently of limitless wealth.
Today, Virginia City and Carson City feature casino hotels, motels, and B&B's totaling more than 1700 rooms, plus there's a wide selection of RV parks. The two cities serve as gateways to Sierra, close to Lake Tahoe's fifteen alpine and nine cross-country ski resorts, with affordable alternatives to lakeside lodging. They're also a short drive from nine golf courses—171 holes of championship play spread across over 61,000 yards of scenic terrain.
But stepping back in time through the Virginia City shops, museums, saloons and mine tours, allow a visitor to relive Nevada's sacred past. Charming hotels and inns will have you revisit all these places and attractions for an experience you'll always remember.