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Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

African Americans And The Boston Saloon

 
 
African Americans And The Boston Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
1. African Americans And The Boston Saloon Marker
Inscription. Between 1866 and 1875, a remarkable business thrived directly behind building. Free-born William C. Brown operated his Boston Saloon, serving Virginia City’s African Americans. Archaeologists have revealed that Brown offered his customers finely prepared meals with the best cuts of meat. Shortly after Brown sold his business, The Great Fire of 1875 swept through town destroying the building.

There were rarely more than one hundred African Americans living in Virginia City, but they played varied and important roles in the community. Some African Americans pursued work as laborers, porters, and barbers. Others became affluent business owners, and a prominent doctor won widespread respect. By the 1870s, African American children attended integrated schools.

Prejudicial laws and racism placed hurtful restrictions on the African Americans of Nevada. Fortunately, a prevalent pro-Union, anti-slavery attitude improved the lives of many African Americans who helped build Virginia City.
Nevada State Historic Preservation Office
Don McBride and the Bucket of Blood Saloon
Reno-Sparks Branch of the NAACP, Unit #1112
Nevada State Historic Marker No. 266

 
Erected 2007 by Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, Don McBride and the
African Americans And The Boston Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
2. African Americans And The Boston Saloon Marker
Bucket of Blood Saloon and the Reno-Sparks Branch of the NAACP, Unit #1112. (Marker Number 266.)
 
Location. 39° 18.633′ N, 119° 38.969′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on C Street (Nevada Route 341) near Union Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is mounted on the side of the ATM Kiosk next to the Bucket of Blood Saloon building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 South C Street, Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Founders of Julia C. Bulette Chapter (a few steps from this marker); The Delta (a few steps from this marker); Virginia City (a few steps from this marker); Site of International Hotels (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinatown (within shouting distance of this marker); Red Light District (within shouting distance of this marker); The Territorial Enterprise (within shouting distance of this marker); William Wright aka Dan De Quille (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Also see . . .
1. African Diaspora Archeology Network. Information and photos on the archeology dig at the Boston Saloon Site, 2000 (Submitted on August 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Oldest Style Tobasco Sauce Bottle Found. A discovery of a 130-year-old bottle at an archaeological excavation in Nevada's Virginia City. (Submitted on August 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Comstock Lode
 
Categories. African AmericansNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,248 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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