Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Virginia City

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VIRGINIA CITY, a city and county-seat of Storey co., Nev.; on the Virginia and Truckee railroad; 15 miles N. N. E. of Carson City. It is built on the E. slope of Mt. Davidson at an elevation of 7,825 feet above sea-level. Here are public and private schools, a mining school, court house, St. Mary's Hospital, a county hospital, banks, and several newspapers. The city owes its growth to the famous Comstock mines, from which have been taken over $900,000,000 in gold bullion. The city has many ore smelting and refining plants built at considerable cost. Virginia City was settled in 1859, and was incorporated in 1861. Pop. (1910) 2,244; (1920) 1,200.