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Virginia City strikes it rich as ‘Town of the Year’

Picturesque Virginia City, Nevada's largest and most famous historic mining town, has been selected among the Top 10 True Western Towns for 2010 by True West magazine.

The quaint mountain community in northwestern Nevada, 26 miles from Reno, was known as “the richest city in the world” during its 19th century heyday when its mines produced a wealth of gold and silver that created millionaires overnight.

“Virginia City is the Old West,” True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell said. “Local folks have done an excellent job of preserving its 150-years of history and giving all of us a chance to experience and enjoy it.”

The city, designated a National Historic Landmark, includes hundreds of 150-year-old buildings, wooden sidewalks, old mines, artifacts and archaeological sites, museums, gift shops, art galleries, Victorian-style lodging and saloons. Its historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad has been rebuilt and operates as a new attraction, carrying visitors on a one-hour ride to Carson City.

The Top 10 towns are featured in True West's January/February edition, now on newsstands. Last year, the National Trust named Virginia City among the Top 12 Distinctive Destinations.

  • Posted by Chris Chrystal on January 19th, 2010