Members Arline and and Jeadene put together a very successful fundraiser for the Spiritualist Society. Arline is a historical researcher who researches old buildings and old cemeteries headstones. She provided the history for the Ghosts of Buildings Past walking tour of Virginia City. It made money for the society and was a big hit with members.
Shown on the walk (left to right) Joyce, Mary Beth, Jo Ann, Priscillia, Keith and Arline.
Hallway of the Silver Queen Hotel built in the 1800s
Photographs by Chris Arends
Virginia City is just a thirty minute drive from Reno/Sparks and its historical buildings continue to reflect the wealth of this 19th century mining town. The mines of the Comstock Lode yielded more than $400 million in gold and silver. These riches were so great that they actually funded the building of San Francisco.
In its heyday, Virginia City was the place for arts and culture, visiting celebrities, Shakespearean theater, two newspapers (one of which is where Mark Twain began his famous writing career) and a cultured opera house. In 2009 The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Virginia City one of America’s twelve most distinctive destinations.