While traveling around northern California we came across Virginia City, a charming relic of the Far West.
The town was born, during the 1860’s silver mining boom, in the remote territory of the high mountains of Nevada.
Virginia City is was a mining settlement of the “gold rush” era of California’s middle 19th century, with the typical setting of the saga of the fortune seekers, a mix of most wanted outlaws, baddest cowboys and gunfighters, casinos and gamblers, saloons and call girls.
The main street of Virginia City stores, hotels, bars, and museums remind a familiar film set of Hollywood westerns, each building revealing its own exciting story of those daring days (and nights…).
The Suicide Table is one of the gambling exhibits of the Delta Saloon, a gambling den that brought despair and death to its owners.
Large sums of money, or even the whole casino, were lost for one poker hand of “Three of a kind” or” Royal Flush”.
Further down the main road, we find the bar Bucket of Blood bar, a self-explanatory name, reminiscent those lawless and dangerous days.
There is another saloon with an old framed photograph of Bulette, a famous “lady of the night” and her passionate killer. A tragic love affair ending up in the gallows for the alleged murderer.
We get a direct testimonial of all these hazardous times at the Mark Twain Museum, a display of contemporary memorabilia of the famous American author, who lived the Virginia City working as a reporter for a local newspaper.
It was Samuel Clemens, later celebrated and renown by the “pen name “Mark Twain, “memories and short stories from the period that he spent in Virginia City, that drew the attention of a broader audience and led to the perpetual recognition of being one of the most loved and popular writers of the American literature.
Virginia City is a worth visiting town.
After all the excitement of unraveling the thrilling stories of its past it also offers a good cold beer in its vintage salons. Even a game of poker if you want to challenge the ghosts of the nasty gamblers of the past