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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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 (Submitted on August 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Additional keywords. Comstock Lode
Categories. • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 815 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.