“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Dayton in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Dedicated to “Old Virginny”

Sesquicentennial Nevada Territorial 1861-2011

Dedicated to "Old Virginny" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, circa 2014
1. Dedicated to "Old Virginny" Marker
Inscription. Born in Virginia in 1817, an often-inebriated prospector named James Finney was known as "Old Virginia" or "Old Virginny" to his friends. He lived in a tent dug into the side of the hill, which would become known as Johntown, located two miles from the mouth of Gold Canyon. In February 1858 he made a claim on a ledge of rock on the east side of Sun Mountain, filling out a location notice and hiding it in a crevice. This claim would be called the "Virginia Lead", a large vein near what would later become the "Comstock Lode". "Old Virginny" later sold his interests to the claim for an old horse, a pair of blankets, and a bottle of whiskey.

In June of 1859 the "Ophir Bonanza" was discovered by two Irish miners; Patrick McLaughlin and Peter O'Riley. This major discovery is recognized as the origin of the "Comstock Lode". "Old Virginny" would sell any claim he may have had in the discovery for $50.00. James Finney, or "Old Virginny" died on June 20, 1861 after falling from his horse drunk, becoming tangled, and dragged to death. Today "Old Virginny" is remembered by the largest federally designated historical district in America, which bares his name "Virginia City"
Erected 2011 by E Clampus Vitus- Julia C. Bullette Chapter 1864.
Marker series.
Dayton Cemetery. image. Click for full size.
By Trev Meed, circa 2014
2. Dayton Cemetery.
This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 39° 14.008′ N, 119° 35.817′ W. Marker is near Dayton, Nevada, in Lyon County. Marker is on Cemetery Road. Click for map. The marker is located in the Dayton Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton NV 89403, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory Of "Old Virginny" (here, next to this marker); Dayton Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Hall's Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nevada Added Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union Hotel & Post Office (approx. 0.4 miles away); Odeon Saloon - Billiard Parlour Dayton Lodge No. 5 I.O.O.F. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chief Truckee (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Pony Express (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
Also see . . .
1. Legends of America - The Comstock Lode. (Submitted on October 12, 2015.)
2. History of Virginia City, Nevada and the Comstock Lode. (Submitted on October 12, 2015.)
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable Persons
James Finney image. Click for full size.
Nevada Historical Society
3. James Finney
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada.   3. submitted on . • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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