National Register of Historic Places in Storey County

Virginia City Post Office on C Street Virginia City Post Office on C Street
27 February 2008 C Street in Virginia City, Nevada C Street
27 February 2008

Howard Street in Virginia City Howard Street
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National Register #66000458
Virginia City Historic District
Founded 1859

Virginia City, on the Comstock Lode, was the first silver rush town; it was also the first area in the West where the methods of large-scale industrial and corporate enterprise were intensely applied and developed. As the experimental laboratory for these techniques, which were introduced with such success between 1860 and 1864, Virginia City thus became the prototype of the subsequent important mining towns that appeared on the mining frontier in Colorado, Idaho, Montana and eastern Nevada.

The influence of the Comstock Lode between 1860 and 1880 was enormous. Wealth poured into San Francisco, establishing that city as the Queen City of the Pacific Coast. Unlike the California gold rush, which distributed the money widely, a small number of individuals accumulated immense fortunes from the Comstock Mines.

Source: Adapted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 1992.

Name Year Address Remarks Sort Address Sort Name
Storey County Courthouse187626 South B StreetOne of two nineteenth century courthouses in Nevada still serving county government. Street B S 0026Storey County Courthouse
Fourth Ward School1876537 South C StreetThis wooden building, designed in the Second Empire architectural style, housed grades one through twelve until 1936. Street C S 0537Fourth Ward School
St. Mary in the Mountain Catholic Church1876111 South E StreetThe St. Mary in the Mountains Church that stands today was rebuilt on the ruins of the former church which was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1875. Street E S 0111St. Mary in the Mountain Catholic Church
St. Paul the Prospector Episcopal Church187687 F StreetFounded September 1, 1861. St. Paul’s parish is the mother church of all Episcopal churches in Nevada. Street F 0087St. Paul the Prospector Episcopal Church
First Presbyterian Church1867196 South C StreetThis stick style structure with Gothic windows is one of the few buildings in Virginia City to have survived the Great Fire of 1875. Street C S 0196First Presbyterian Church
Piper's Opera House188312 N. B Street Street B N 0001Piper's Opera House
Knights of Pythias Hall187634 B StreetA good example of the commercial styles of a century ago with tall ground floor doors. Street B 0034Knights of Pythias Hall
Miners' Union Hall187636 B StreetA good example of the commercial styles of a century ago. The steel fire doors are original. Street B 0036Miners' Union Hall
Territorial Enterprise186253 South C StreetMark Twain made this the most famous newspaper in the west. Street C N 0471Territorial Enterprise
Castle1868Building 9b09Castle
Savage House1876146 D StreetThis wooden Second Empire structure was once the Savage Mining Company office and later the mine superintendents residence. It is Nevada Historical Landmarj 87. Street D 0146Savage House
Mackay Mansion1860129 South D StreetHome of John Mackay, "Boss" of the Big Bonanza, which made him the richest man in the Comstock. Nevada Historical Landmark 132. Street D S 0129Mackay Mansion
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