The 2014 Texas Jack Roundup was held JUNE 25 TO 28 in historic Virginia City, NV.
Once a vital settlement between Denver and San Francisco, Virginia City influenced the entire country. During its boomtime, Virginia City's mining proceeds amounted to millions of dollars, equaling billions today. Every inch of this picturesque, Victorian-era town, celebrates this colorful history. Stroll the authentic board sidewalks to Old West saloons, shops, museums, and restaurants. Or visit historic churches, 19th century homes, public buildings, and quaint cemeteries. Maybe it's a ride on a stagecoach, horse-drawn carriage, trolley, or the V&T Railroad steam engine train that crosses the high desert landscape dotted with old mines.
Some of the things we did in Virginia City are shown below.
THE WAY IT WAS MUSEUM
This is one of those places where you can spend as little or as much time as you like. There is a ton of stuff to see. Lots of artifacts, especially from the area's mining history. . Lots of interesting artifacts, from bottles to dolls. Its real worth is information - maps and diagrams - of the many mine tunnels that run beneath the town. Tripadvisor.com
TERRITORIAL ENTERPRISE-MARK TWAIN MUSEUM
The museum, in the original Territorial Enterprise building, has the original desk used by Mark Twain when he was editor of the paper. Other exhibits include antique printing presses, an early Linotype machine, a proof press, stone composing tables (one of which Mark Twain and other employees of the paper used to sleep on), and various other antiques. Wikipedia
PIPERS OPERA HOUSE
Built in the 1880s, Piper’s Opera House attracted famous stars from Europe and the United States and is listed by the League of Historic Theaters. One of the most significant vintage theaters on the West Coast, this stage once welcomed President Grant, Buffalo Bill, Al Jolson and Mark Twain. Today’s guests at Piper’s Opera House can keep their eye out for the ghosts who are said to attend many of the performances.
WILD WEST MUSEUM
For a taste of the old west, be sure to stop in at the Wild West Museum when in Virginia City. Here you will find interesting and informative dioramas along with all manner of cowboy memorabilia. Of particular note are both the display of antique guns and the displays of animal mounts. Wikipedia.com
V & T STEAM TRAIN
Anyone who likes an adventure would enjoy the trip. While it is high desert, there are things to see out there, wild horses, mining ruins, vistas of the distant mountains, and yes, some modern junk of "civilization." The cars are tastefully restored, the crew was friendly. They do a "run-by" which is when the train stops, you can get off if you like. The train then backs down the hill a ways, and then comes "charging" past you so you can take pictures of the train going by. Tripadvisor.com
VIRGINIA CITY OUTLAWS WILD WEST COMEDY SHOW
Enjoy a half hour of family fun and laughter watching our cowboys entertain you with gun spinning and whip cracking action, a genuine flashback to the old west. Guaranteed to make you laugh (if you don't...we'll shoot ya!).
MACKAY MANSION MUSEUM
The Mansion is a living museum where historical pieces are displayed and offered for sale. There are also a variety of unique gift items available, as well as fine art and Persian rugs. A tour of The Mackay Mansion Museum reveals many nuggets of Virginia City history. Perhaps the most fascinating is learning of a system of underground tunnels that once led from John Mackay’s home to a number of businesses in town. Many say it is haunted.
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