Near Dayton in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Dedicated to “Old Virginny”
Sesquicentennial Nevada Territorial 1861-2011
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. 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. Touch 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); Carson & Colorado Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 Sites • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 10, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. 3. submitted on October 12, 2015. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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