Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Site of International Hotels
The first hotel, a 14 room wood structure, was built in 1860 and dismantled in 1863.
The second, a 100 room, 4 story brick building, was destroyed by the “Great Fire” of October 1875.
The third International opened its doors March, 1877, with 160 rooms on 6 floors, complete with hot/cold running water, steam heat, gas lighting, and the first hydraulic elevator in Nevada. Local notables and visiting dignitaries utilized the grand restaurant/bar facilities.
This superb hostelry was reduced to a “magnificent ruin” by fire December 12, 1914, not to be rebuilt due to the Comstock decline.
Erected 1985 by Julia C. Bulette, Chapter 1864 E Clampus Vitus and the Bucket of Blood Saloon, Virginia City.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 39° 18.651′ N, 119° 38.972′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is at the intersection of South C Street (Nevada Route 341) and Union Street, on the right when traveling south on South C Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Chinatown (here, next to this marker); Founders of Julia C. Bulette Chapter (within shouting distance of this marker); African Americans And The Boston Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Delta (within shouting distance of this marker); Red Light District (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia City (within shouting distance of this marker); Piperís Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Piperís Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia City.
Regarding Site of International Hotels. At the peak of its glory, Virginia City was a boisterous town with something going on 24 hours a day both above and below ground for its nearly 30,000 residents. There were visiting celebrities, Shakespeare plays, opium dens, newspapers, competing fire companies, fraternal organizations, at least five police precincts, a thriving red-light district, and the first Miner's Union in the U.S. The International Hotel was six stories high and boasted the West's first elevator, called a "rising room”.
Also see . . . Virginia City History. Scroll down to view (Submitted on August 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Additional keywords. Comstock Lode
Categories. • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 773 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.