Virginia City, NV High 76 Low 44
On Tuesday (seems like so long ago) we drove up to Virginia City. Jim drove and I got to enjoy the scenery. We had been to Virginia City on our last stopover in Carson City but I wanted to check out a couple of things we didn’t see.
The first place we stopped was the Mark Twain Museum. Thanks to John's blog post, we decided this was a must stop for us.
Samuel Clemens was born in Missouri in 1835. In 1861 his brother, Orion, was appointed secretary to the territorial governor of Nevada. Clemens jumped at the chance to go with his brother and spent his first year prospecting for gold or silver but didn’t have any success.
This was the desk he used when he worked for the newspaper.
Being broke, he accepted a job as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City. That is when he adopted a pen name, signing his articles with the name Mark Twain.
He then moved on to California and published his first short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, in 1865.
The museum is in the basement of the building and so the pictures didn’t turn out all that good. Jim really enjoyed himself because he is fascinated by machinery and printing presses in particular.
We also stopped by the Bucket of Blood Saloon – famous for their Bloody Mary’s. No we didn’t try them.
We wandered up and down the main street of Virginia City for awhile. We got there early in the day and were ready to leave before the crowds got too bad.
We also took the time to see the first Catholic Church in Nevada – St. Mary’s of the Mountains. Beautiful church.
Time for us to move further south. There was a lot more snow on the mountain tops.