Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
1821 – 1885
William Sharon was the father of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. He also formed the “Union Mill and Mining Company” and was elected United States Senator in 1875.
Often times disliked by many, William Sharon was one of the major developers of the Comstock Lode.
E Clampus Vitus
June 27th 1998 (6003)
Erected 1998 by Julia C. Bullette Chapter No.1864, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 39° 18.572′ N, 119° 39.005′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is at the intersection of Taylor Street and South C Street (Nevada Route 341), on the right when traveling east on Taylor Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the corner of the Ponderosa Saloon and Mine Building. The marker faces Taylor Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 South C Street, Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bank of California Banner Brothers Building (a few steps from this marker); Col. Morris Pinschower Building (a few steps from this marker); The Nevada Bank of San Francisco (a few steps from this marker); The Millionaires Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Washoe Engine Co. No.4 (within shouting distance of this marker); V & T Car No. 13 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Fire of 1875 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
More about this marker. Also see the “Nearby Marker” Bank of California for additional information.
Regarding William Sharon. An editorial in The Virginia City Territorial Enterprise greeted William Sharon’s announcement that he would run for the U.S. Senate: “You are probably aware that you have returned to a community where you are feared, hated and despised. . . . Your career in Nevada for the past nine years has been one of merciless rapacity.
Sharon spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the election and lost.
Sharon, as hardheaded as he was hard-hearted, had his sights firmly fixed on Washington. It took several years, the purchase of countless votes, nearly a million dollars placed into the right pockets and buying the Territorial Enterprise before Sharon finally succeeded.
(Source: Titans of Fortune - http://titansoffortune.com/articles/titans/william_sharon_californias_machiavellian_banker)
Also see . . .
1. William Sharon. This Online-Nevada Encyclopedia article details William Sharon’s importance in Virginia City during the Comstock Mining Era. (Submitted on August 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Visit Virginia City. Scroll to page 7 to read about William Sharon, The Bank of California and the Union Mill and Mining Co. (Submitted on August 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
1. Additional Historical Markers in HMdb.org
The California 1849 Gold Rush, followed by the Comstock Lode of Nevada brought together several prominent businessmen whose
Be sure to search for these markers within the database to learn more about these individuals.
— Submitted August 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Additional keywords. Banking, Comstock Mining Area
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,183 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 2. submitted on August 30, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 6. submitted on January 5, 2011, by Brenton William Cooper(Renodesertfox) of Reno, Nevada.