Historic Sites

Nevada offers the history buff a playground of historic sites to discover. Go underground at one of several Nevada mines, tour a historic courthouse, and explore a ghost town. Nevada’s historic sites provide a look back into the Silver State’s rich history and heritage.

Just southeast of Reno is Virginia City, one of the country’s largest historical landmarks and it is listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. The town virtually appeared overnight upon the discovery of silver in 1859, also known as the Comstock Lode. It was also in Virginia City that Samuel Clemens first used his pen name, Mark Twain, when he wrote for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper. Thus, many consider Virginia City to be the “birthplace” of Mark Twain. Make sure to see Piper’s Opera House, the Fourth Ward School, the Virginia & Truckee Railroad and the Comstock Gold Mill. Plan to stay the night at the Gold Hill Hotel in Gold Hill, Nevada’s oldest hotel, or The Silverland Inn & Suites, Virginia City’s newest.

As you travel Nevada, visit the Caliente Railroad Depot. You’ll also want to stop in Eureka to admire the recently restored Eureka Opera House and the Eureka County Courthouse. And don’t miss the Old Rawhide Jail in Hawthorne. Experience the Depot in Lovelock, Sherman Station in Elko and the historic mining town of Goldfield. Make sure to stop in the ghost town of Rhyolite to see the famous bottle house. And you’ll also want to visit the Seventh Street Historic District in Wells, the 1935 Reno Arch and the beautiful grounds of the Nevada State Capitol in Carson City.

From big cities to remote towns, Nevada’s many historic sites will provide you with insight into the storied past. Along your travels to these notable locations, you’ll also see historical markers on the shoulder of the various scenic routes. Take a moment to stop, read the signs and experience the wonderment of Nevada’s history.