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There is a Gold Hill in ‘them thar hills’

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Every week, except in the dead of winter, thousands of people drive out of Reno or Carson City to visit the historic Comstock town of Virginia City. Its bustling saloons, unique shops that ply everything from antiques to rattlesnake eggs; historic sites and events offer at least a day’s worth of activity and fun.

An overnight stay in an old west town or mining camp can always be an unusual treat. Unfortunately, lodging today in mining camps can be harder to come by than striking a rich vein with a hammer and 10-penny nail.

My gal and I left Carson City and headed toward Virginia City, more specifically to her nearly forgotten sister city of Gold Hill. Together, the two towns, less than a mile apart, had a population of 30,000 in the 1860s, making them one of the largest communities in the west. The towns had schools, newspapers, opera houses, trains and hotels.

We had been to Virginia City several times so after lunch, some refreshments and a few quarters in the slot machines at the Bucket of Blood Saloon we drove down the winding road to the Gold Hill Hotel in the ghost town of the same name...


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