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In the 1860s Virginia City was called "The Richest Place on Earth" because of its gold and silver mines. In the 1880s the mines slowly dwindled and the glory days never returned. The old city is the largest National Historic Landmark in the USA, and welcomes visitors the year around.
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  • VT Candy Cane Express

    The V & T Candy Cane Express Train

    The Candy Cane Express Train near the V & T Railroad’s F Street Station in historic Virginia City. Two of the legendary mining town’s beautiful churches, dating from the 1870s, can be seen in the background.

    All aboard the holiday train! The Virginia & Truckee Railroad will host three week-ends of enchanted holiday trains aboard one-hundred-year old decorated vintage rail coaches, November 25, 26, December 3, 4, 10, and 11. Trains depart from the F Street Station, Virginia City, NV, at 12 noon and 2pm.

    Savor hot chocolate and warm apple cider while enjoying festive holiday cookies and listening to the 1832 T’was
    The Night Before Christmas holiday narrative.

    The North Pole “Candy Cane Sisters” will record children’s wishes for Santa deliveries, with special North Pole sing-a-longs that delight both the young and young-at-heart during the 50-minute ride though Nevada’s high desert wonderland.

                                The Virginia and Truckee Railroad’s Candy Cane Express Train passing by the historic Gold Hill depot.

    The day includes a visit to Virginia City’s original Virginia and Truckee train depot and museum for an opportunity to “Step Back in Time.”  The magnificent 1870 train depot remains a tribute to the glory days of the “richest place
    on earth.”

    “Dear Santa” postcards will be distributed on all trains and can be posted for special delivery to the North Pole daily at the depot.

    This holiday experience is appropriate for all ages, young and old, and a joyful addition to your holiday
    season.  Wear warm clothes and don’t forget a camera for precious holiday photos that will perhaps include a wild
    horse or two.

    Departures leave promptly from the F Street Station, Virginia City, NV, at 12 noon and 2 pm. Please arrive fifteen (15) minutes prior to designated train departure time.

    Cost: Adults (12 years +) $19; Children ( 2-11 years) $8; Children under two  may ride Free on adult lap.

    For more information call 775-847-0380 or visit the V & T website, virginiatruckee.com or contact

    — Susan Sutton

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    FOR 25 GLORIOUS YEARS Virginia City was the leading city in Nevada and the brightest and most important concentration of wealth between Denver and San Francisco. Then came 75 bad years during which mining production slowed and finally stopped. The city shriveled, but it never quite died, and in 1950 Lucius Beebe, who brought the old Territorial Enterprise back to life, was one of a handful of literary folk from the East who rediscovered the ancient metropolis.

    In the 1960s the debut and enduring popularity of the "Bonanza" program on television put Virginia City on the international map and suddenly the Comstock had an economy again.

    Virginia City holds a special place in the heart and the history of the American West, and despite the increasing distance from the glory years, Virginia City's antic history can come to life in your imagination when you visit.

    Travel Nevada, Nevada Magazine
    "Entering the main street," a visitor wrote in 1863, "the saloons along the board sidewalks are glittering with their gaudy bars and fancy glasses, and many-colored liquors, and thirsty men are swilling burning poison: organ grinders are grinding their organs and torturing their consumptive monkeys; hurdy-gurdy girls are singing bacchanalian songs in bacchanalian dens. All is life, excitement, avarice, lust, devilry, and enterprise."

    Or in other words, just like a modern day Sunday in August (except for the hurdy-gurdy girls and the monkeys).

    from The Complete Nevada Traveler, by David W. Toll

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