Category: Historic Cities

Eureka, Nevada

Eureka was originally settled by silver prospectors from the nearby settlement of Austin. Nearby being a relative term as Austin is 70 miles away, one hour in today’s modern car, but much longer in 1864 on foot and horseback. Ely, the next settlement of measure is Ely, 77 miles to the east. Duckwater is 46 […]

Carson City

Since statehood in 1864, Carson City has functioned as the state capital. Originally part of and the county seat for Ormsby County. In 1969, the county and city were merged into a single independent city. Originally a stop over for California bound emigrants, the city flourished with the discover of Silver in the nearby Comstock […]

Pioche, Lincoln County, Nevada

Pioche was originally settled in 1864 with the discovery and mining of Silver nearby. Local Indian Tribes started to raid the settlement convincing most of the settlement to be abandoned. However, in 1868, settlers and miners returned to the area. By 1870, the town had developed into a larger and extremely important silver mining asset […]


Lovelock, incorporated in 1917, serves as the county seat for Pershing County, Nevada. It was a principle stop for settlers on their way to California, later becoming a a train depot. The foundation of Lovelock occurred in 1868 when the Central Pacific Railroad laid track through the settlement. The historic town is known for its […]

Virginia City

Virginia City, the county seat of Storey County, Nevada, sprang up as a boomtown in 1859 with the discovery of the Comstock Lode. The Comstock Lode was the first major silver deposit discovery in the United States, and it eventually produced silver and gold ore valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars. The city’s population […]