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

Storey County Courthouse

Comstock Historical Marker No. 8

 

—26 South B Street, Virginia City, NV —

 
Storey County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 24, 2009
1. Storey County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. Storey County was organized in 1860 and is named after Captain Edward Storey who was killed during the Pyramid Lake Indian wars in Nevada. The prior courthouse erected on this site was destroyed in the Great Fire of October 26, 1875, that also burned many of Virginia City’s early documents. Storey County hired the architectural firm of Kenitzer and Raum of San Francisco to design the replacement. Work began in 1876 by contractor Peter Burke, and was finished in 1877 at a cost of $117,000.00. The courthouse also served as headquarters for the Storey County Sheriff’s Office until 1992 when a new facility was built on State Route 341, about a ¼ mile from this site. This building is one of two nineteenth century courthouses in Nevada still serving county government. It currently houses the Clerk Treasurer, Assessor, Comptroller, Recorder, County Manager and the County Commissioners.

The Statue of Justice perched on the second-floor alcove is the only one to grace the exterior of a Nevada building, and has been the source of much controversy. The seven foot zinc figure was manufactured in New York and arrived in Virginia City in 1877 at a cost of only $236.00. Over the years a legend has evolved that she was one of only a few created not blindfolded. Research has proven that about 20 such models exist in the country. Perhaps this one was chosen by residents to make sure that justice would always see that justice prevailed on the Comstock.
 
Erected 2009 by Walling and Wyble Families, Virginia City, Nevada. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Location. 39° 18.633′ N, 119° 39.017′ W. Marker is in Virginia City
Storey County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 24, 2009
2. Storey County Courthouse
Marker is located to the left of the entrance steps. The bronze plaque seen to the right of the steps is the Virginia City National Historic Landmark Designation Plaque.
, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on B Street near Union Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26 South B Street, Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Storey County Jail (a few steps from this marker); Piper’s Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Piper’s Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Delta (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia City (within shouting distance of this marker); Founders of Julia C. Bulette Chapter (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia & Gold Hill Water Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Eagle Engine Co. No.3 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia City.
 
More about this marker. This building has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Also see . . .
1. Storey County Courthouse. A short history of the Courthouse. (Submitted on August 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. An On-line Nevada encyclopedia article on the Storey County Courthouse. (Submitted on August 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. Storey County. A Wikipedia Article on Storey County. (Submitted on August 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Comstock Lode
 
Categories. GovernmentNotable BuildingsNotable Places
 
Storey County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 24, 2009
3. Storey County Courthouse
Close-Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 24, 2009
4. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
Statue of Justice image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 24, 2009
5. Statue of Justice
Statue of Justice and Its Surrounding Arcitecture image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 24, 2009
6. Statue of Justice and Its Surrounding Arcitecture
Architecture Relief Over Lower Floor Windows image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 24, 2009
7. Architecture Relief Over Lower Floor Windows
Architecture Relief Over Upper Floor Windows image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 24, 2009
8. Architecture Relief Over Upper Floor Windows
Architecture Relief Surrounding Entrance to Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 24, 2009
9. Architecture Relief Surrounding Entrance to Courthouse
1876 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 24, 2009
10. 1876
Storey County Courthouse, Virginia City image. Click for more information.
By Robert W. Kerrigan, Photographer, circa March 1937
11. Storey County Courthouse, Virginia City
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
HABS NEV,15-VIRG,24-

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Gravesite of Captain Edward Storey image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, August 25, 2009
12. Gravesite of Captain Edward Storey
Located in the Masonic Section of the Virginia City Cemetery.
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Virginia City National Historic Landmark Designation Plaque image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, August 24, 2009
13. Virginia City National Historic Landmark Designation Plaque
Information on this plaque can be found on the "Virginia City" Marker Page.
Click for more information.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 900 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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