After lunch, we set out to see "The way it was" in the old west in Virginia City, about 30 miles away. The ride to get there was spectacular. The curvy road up the mountain offered awesome views of Reno and Sparks in the valley below, and we were fortunate to see wild horses several times.
|View of Reno and Sparks on the way to Virginia City.|
The town of Virginia City is pretty much a tourist trap with lots of souvenir shops, old west photos, cowboy clothes, etc. but we found two things we really enjoyed: lots of saloons with 2 for 1 drinks and slot machines, and a great little tour on a tram pulled by a tractor with a local "character" as a tour guide. Many of the buildings are original and interesting relics from the era when the Comstock Lode was discovered here in the 1800's, and the views are spectacular.
|Main drag in Virginia City.|
|"The Way it Was" Museum|
|Patriotic street signs in Virginia City.|
|Local tour driver.|
|Some folks lost so much money here that they committed suicide. |
|Mama Drama and Di Di.|