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From Carson City take Highway 50 east to Highway 341, the Comstock Highway, pass through Devil’s Gate at Silver City, past Gold Hill and the Virginia and Truckee Railroad tracks to enter Virginia City from the south.
From Reno take Highway 395 to exit 57B, then climb along scenic route 341, known as Geiger Grade.
Mark Twain is arguably Virginia City’s most famous early resident.
He developed his writing style and adopted his famous penname in an almost two-year stay in booming Virginia City from late 1862 to May, 1864.
Stamp mills and the Washoe Pan milling process reduced the ore for precious metal removal.
Burleigh machine drills, wire woven rope, miners’ safety cages and the safety clutch for those cages were new discoveries for the Comstock mines and provided for the exploitation of the riches.
The infamous Sutro tunnel proposed a safety evacuation route and ore transportation outlet to the mines.