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Tickets are available online for the Historic Route from Virginia City to Carson City — Come experience a great ride for the whole family, recently featured on Great Scenic Railway Journeys

Historic Route -- Virginia City to Gold Hill

Travel back to the bonanza days on the historic and scenic original Virginia & Truckee Railroad route. The V&T conductor tells the story of Nevada’s late 19th century mining boom, when the V&T was built and Virginia City was the richest city on earth, with more millionaires than anywhere else.Watch for exposed veins of silver ore and more, including:

 

• Board from the original 1870 V & T passenger depot and museum – Virginia City station, three blocks from downtown’s fascinating C Street, with free parking.

• Comstock Mines – During the ride, you’ll pass by many mine sites including the Gould & Curry, Savage, Hale & Norcross, Potosi, Chollar, Julia, Ward Bullion, East Yellow Jacket, Crown Point, Kentuck, Yellow Jacket, Combination and the Foreman.

• Gold Hill – rich in American history, where the Comstock Era gold and silver strikes began in 1859. See the train depot, the Liberty Engine fire company monument, dine at the 1859

• Gold Hill Hotel and see the early Bank of California building and the Maynard Block.

Sisters in History -- Carson City to Virginia City
Starting just above the Carson River Canyon, the train runs along the west side of Mound House and across a spectacular railroad bridge over U.S. Hwy. 50, then picks up the historic, Comstock Era V & T route. Watch for mines, silver ore veins, maybe even wild mustangs, plus:

• Tunnel No. 2 – 566 feet long.

• American Flat – site of a gold and silver mining town that lobbied to become the state capital, but disappeared when the ore did.

• Overman Pit Embankment – 300,000 cubic yards of fill rising 120 feet above the east side of the mining pit.

• Scales/water stop – 260,000 tons of ore were weighed here in one year (1876) and 40 trains a day picked up water.

• F Street Depot and museum- the Virginia City end of this line, with a free shuttle to downtown C Street. You’ll have three hours to explore.

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