Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Silver Terrace Cemeteries
Typically the first cemeteries in Western American mining towns were haphazard, unplanned affairs. At the beginning of the Comstock in 1859, the dead were often buried in a convenient hole, sometimes created by exploratory mining. As more people came, there was a need for designated and plotted lands for burials. By 1867, the Silver Terrace collection of eleven cemeteries was established by various community, religious, and/or fraternal organizations.
The 30 acre grounds were fully irrigated and able to sustain a variety of non-indigenous plants. Historically, a stroll through the shaded, tree-lined cemetery pathways was meant to tap into all of the human senses in an almost transformative way. The Victorian people filled the landscape with symbols and material culture meant to convey
The cemeteries of the Comstock are an exceptional and unique American West cultural landscape, and not the standard pioneer grid system graveyard often found in a transient mining town. What one sees here today is a powerful tool in our collective memory and a reflection of the population’s sense of place-a link back to their homelands. The cemeteries are an expression of ideology and belief, as well as a socially infused presentation of material culture.
Silver Terrace cemeteries were once described as the loveliest burials grounds in the state of Nevada. Today they are victims of decay and abuse. Nearly eighty percent of the grave markers have been stolen or vandalized. In 2005, such theft became a felony in the state and this site is monitored remotely twenty-four hours a day, greatly improving our protection efforts.
The Comstock Cemetery Foundation relies on public support for cemetery preservation. There is no entrance fee, but donations are greatly appreciated. There is a donation tube outside the gates and additional information is available at the Comstock History Center
Erected by Comstock Cemetery Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites
Location. 39° 18.982′ N, 119° 38.83′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on North C Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Life in Virginia City on the Comstock Lode (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Day November 11th 1995 (a few steps from this marker); The Comstock Lode (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mary Jane Simpson (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Jewish Cemetery - Virginia City 1862 (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Pearson (approx. ¼ mile away); V & T, 1869 - 1950 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Consolidated Virginia & California Pan Mill (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
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