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Brief History of Storey County

The discovery of the Comstock Ledge in 1859, lead to the creation of Storey County in 1861. Encompassing the incorporated cities of Gold Hill and Virginia City, the Comstock, as it is fondly referenced, became the prototype of frontier mining boomtowns. By 1865, the Comstock was a lively place, because of the mining activity, a large business section was developed. The communities were rich with fraternal organizations, churches, and several newspapers. 1869 brought the construction of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad through Storey County, and an even greater period of prosperity, lasting for nearly a decade. The overall decline in production caused a decline in population, leaving the cities lacking in funds to provide services. Gold Hill dis-incorporated in 1881, Virginia City soon followed. 1938 the Virginia & Truckee railroad was abandoned and by 1943 the area was a virtual ghost town. A brief resurgence occurred early in the 20th century with open pit mining, but it was not enough to keep the area alive. The 1950s brought a modern tourist boom to this rural area, resulting in an increase of county population. There are many cemeteries in Virginia City and Gold Hill area of Storey County. All have been documented as historical and are part of the Virginia City Historic District as it appears on the National Historical Landmark Register and the Nevada State Historical Landmark Register.

Resources

star Queries and Mailing Lists

  • Post and View Queries at RootsWeb.Ancestry
  • Storey County Mailing List at RootsWeb.Ancestry

    star On This Website

  • Cemeteries of Storey County
  • Forts of Storey County
  • History of Storey County, to 1862
  • Towns of Storey County

    star USGenWeb Census Project

  • Inventory of Transcribed Censuses
  • Territorial Census, Storey County 1862
    index-a-k.txt 115k
    index-l-z.txt 109k
    territory-1.txt 113k
    territory-2.txt 112k

  • star More Outside Resources

  • Nevada DOT Map of Virginia City Area
    PDF file, requires Adobe Reader.

  • Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum
  • Storey County Government
  • Territorial Enterprise
  • Storey County Maps from TopoZone
  • Virginia & Truckee Railroad (V & T )

  • Battle Born NEVADA The Silver State
    A.H.G.P      U.S. Data Repository      A.L.H.N.


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