JAMES, RONALD M.; JAMES, SUSAN A.
Title A Short History Of Virginia City.
Book Condition Softcover. Brand new book.
Publisher University of Nevada Press, Reno: 2014.
Seller ID 84199X1
Founded in 1859, Virginia City quickly became world famous for its extraordinary prosperity. Over the next two decades, the mines of "the Richest City on Earth" yielded millions in gold and silver. The newly wealthy built mansions and churches, opera houses and schools, with furniture, fashions, and entertainment imported from Europe and the Far East. Here young Samuel Clemens, reporting for the Territorial Enterprise in 1863, first called himself Mark Twain. At its height Virginia City was a magnet for immigrants and the world leader in technological innovations in mining. The city's story did not end when the Comstock Lode played out. Beginning in the 1930s, bohemian artists, literati, and tourists were intrigued by this remnant of the Old West. The leader of Manhattan's caf society, Lucius Beebe, moved here and relaunched the Territorial Enterprise in 1950. Television's most popular western from 1959 to 1973, Bonanza, located its fictional Ponderosa Ranch nearby. In the summer of 1965, a handful of Bay Area musicians, including Big Brother and the Holding Company, performed at the Red Dog Saloon and launched psychedelic rock, part of the inspiration for a defining decade of youth culture. Today it is both a National Historic Landmark District and a living community. Visitors come to enjoy its saloons and restaurants, admire its architecture, and learn from its museums and exhibits. A Short History of Virginia City will enhance their experience and will also be enjoyed by anyone interested in the history of Nevada, mining, and the Old West. ¥ Includes an illustrated walking tour describing more than thirty buildings and sites Ronald M. James is the author or editor of twelve books; his most recent title, The Gold Rush Letters of E. Allen Grosh and Hosea B. Grosh (co-edited with Robert E. Stewart) received the Award of Merit from American Association for State and Local History. He is adjunct faculty in historic preservation at the University of Nevada, Reno and has published numerous articles on history, folklore, and archaeology. He is on the advisory board of the National Park Service, and recently stepped down after serving as Nevada's State Historic Preservation Officer for three decades. Author and historian Susan A. James has been the scholar in residence for Virginia City's Fourth Ward School Museum since 2002. "This book takes us back to the early years of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode, and up to the present, with a wealth of information and with the same loving care [James and James] have given to so much of the Virginia City history they have helped to preserve." -- Michael S. Green, coauthor of Las Vegas: A Centennial History
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