“Today Virginia City is a very alive ghost town.” It’s a snap shot of a town, more or less the way it used to be. The main strip is lined with old Saloons like The Bucket of Blood or the Washoe Club, which is the oldest saloon. Gambling was a common way to pass time and there are still old-timer casinos there. There is a saying that goes like this about Virginia City: “some folks made a fortune there but what they left behind was priceless”.
Perhaps more than anything Virginia City has old stories. Growing up my sister and I were enthralled by stories we heard. One story that always fascinated us was that of of Julia Bulette. “She was an English born American prostitute” or (Madam as they were called back in the day). “She was described as proprietor of elegant and prosperous brothels in Virginia City.” She was beloved by this city, but maybe “loved” two much as she was violently murdered by one of her clients/slash lovers. Virginia City still mourns her death two this day as the city shuts down twice a year in remembrance of her.
And if you believe and follow Ghosts then Virginia City is a place you want to go. This city is a major hot spot for paranormal activity. It’s not hard to find Ghosts tours or other types of creepy activity. But by far the most haunted location is the hospital. It’s estimated that about 50,000 residents died there.
But we didn’t chase ghosts on this trip rather we hit up the old church as we often do☺. We always love churches and the religious symbol. Linnae got a lot of cool pictures here. I hope they are as inspiring for you as they are for me. And I hope you get a chance to visit Virginia City, let me know if you do.
Also check back next week as we share pictures of the second part of our day at Virginia City, at the graveyard and our favorite bar.
PHOTOGRAPHY | linnae asiel