Monday, June 18, 2012
A trip to the past - Virginia City, Nevada, Home of the Comstock Lode
Driving from Carson City to Virginia City is only about 7 miles, but involves quite a climb! It is a rare day to climb a 15% grade and Rick was glad he did not have the motorhome on this trip!
Along the drive, we found increasing evidence of old mining activity. Apparently this whole area was heavily (and successfully) mined.
Orinda inspects one of the old mining frames that came from the Comstock and was re-erected as a visitor center in Virginia City. The head frame was used to hoist a mining cage up and down a mine shaft carrying miners into the mine. This frame dates from the early 1900's.
This mining head is still installed in a mine, but did not appear to be used. There is still mining being done in the area, but it looked like tourism is now the big business.