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The Comstock Foundation for History and Culture encourages the preservation and promotion of historic and cultural resources within the Virginia City National Historic Landmark District.

VIRGINIA CITY

The 19th century mining bonanza turned Virginia City into the most important industrial city between Denver and San Francisco, and it turned destitute prospectors from all over the world into instant millionaires.

GOLD HILL

In the late 1850s, silver and gold were discovered in this area and the resulting camp was little more than a few miners living in tents and crude shacks. By the early 1860s, however, the town of Gold Hill grew to rival Virginia City in size and population.

SILVER CITY

In 1861, Silver City featured boarding houses, saloons, hotels, and a population of about 1,200 people. The town became an important freighting center to serve travelers between the Comstock mines of Virginia City and the processing mills near Dayton and along the Carson River.

DAYTON

The Comstock was born in Gold Cañon, the site of Nevada’s first gold discovery. Nearby Dayton became Nevada’s first permanent settlement in 1851, and was also the site of the state’s first Chinatown, and home to Lyon County’s first courthouse.

SUTRO TUNNEL

Entrepreneur Adolph Sutro believed that a tunnel, excavated to intersect with the lower levels of the Comstock, would efficiently drain and ventilate the mines. Unfortunately, the Sutro Tunnel opened as the Comstock mines declined.

Join the Effort to Restore the Sutro Tunnel!
Sutro Tunnel Site Tours on September 23rd & 24th.
The Serpa Family is collaborating with the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture to restore the Sutro Tunnel site. The Comstock Foundation’s vision is public access when the site is safe and restoration efforts are visible, and offer interpretive signs to share the history.
CLICK HERE for more information about how you can help.

Restoring the legacy of a nation.
The Comstock Historic District is one of the most important National Historic Landmarks in the United States of America. At over fourteen thousand acres, it is also one of the largest. The district includes Virginia City, Gold Hill, Silver City, the historic part of Dayton, and the historic site of Sutro. The Landmark commemorates a long history of remarkable achievements in the field of mining.

Become involved and preserve history.
Are you interested in helping the Comstock Foundation with their efforts in preservation and promotion of historic and cultural resources within the Comstock Historic District? Support preservation and donate below. CLICK HERE to become a volunteer or below to donate:
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Upcoming Events

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Visit Events page for more information on the Historic Sutro Tunnel Tour on September 23 & 24.

 

 

 

 

FEATURE VIDEOS
This month’s feature videos present images of Donovan Mill.
To view the entire Comstock Historic District video collection, please visit our Youtube station:
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