March 8, 2013
This is a psedo HDR shot of the main street through Virginia City, Nevada. I show this view to you first to underscore the large number of overhead telephone and electric wires that crisscrossed the city streets and buildings. It was nearly impossible to get a shot of anything in Virginia City without getting some of the wires in the photo. Keeping them out of my shots got to be a bit of a game for me, and I wasn't always successful. LOL.
Check this one out in the larger sizes.
From www.vcnevada.com : "Virginia City, Nevada is one of America's largest Historic Landmarks. Located just south east of Reno, Nevada, this historic mining town is easily accessible by car from Lake Tahoe, Reno, or Carson City. Some say Virginia City's rich gold and silver mines financed the Civil War. Now rich in history, Virginia City and the Comstock Lode still maintain the flavor of the hifalutin mining days, when Mark Twain roamed the streets and everybody wanted a piece of the "Richest Place on Earth."
"In 1859, placer miners and prospectors in the western Great Basin made two amazing strikes of gold and silver ore near Virginia City. The Comstock Lode, as people soon called the ore body, resulted in what would today be billions of dollars in riches. Virginia City became a highly urbanized, industrial setting and by the early 1870s, together with its smaller neighbor, Gold Hill, reached a population of nearly 25,000, becoming one of the nation's larger communities."
"Interestingly, the NBC television western, Bonanza, that ran from 1959 to 1973, brought a declining Virginia City back to life. Due to the enormous popularity of the show, visitors from around the world began to seek out and discover this famous western city, previously known only through the chronicled, weekly adventures of the Cartwright family."
And yes Donna McCommon - I would have LOVED to have seen all those Cartwright boys. I had quite a crush on Little Joe when I was a young girl watching Bonaza every week. Such good memories.............
Virginia City is a wonderful place to visit. It's wooden sidewalks, many historical buildings, museums and shops are worth a visit, you won't be dissapointed. Bill and I thoroughly enjoyed our day there, even though it was bitterly cold. ;-))
Thank you all for your comments on my "spooky" mine photo yesterday. They were much appreciated.
Have a Bonanza of a day today my friends!