Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Storey County Jail
Comstock Historical Maker No. 17
—Courthouse South B Street, Virginia City, NV —
The jail operated continuously from 1877 until September of 1986, when the county’s insurance carrier decided it was unwise to operate it with only one exit in the event of fire. Inmates were housed at the Carson City Sheriff’s Jail, for a fee, until the current jail was opened in 1992 on the outskirts of town on the “Truck Route – SR341”.
The walls of the jail were covered in boiler plate, after a successful escape in 1897 by an alleged murderer who had worked on the building as a bricklayer. “Red Mike” Langan knew the walls had not been properly filled with rubble material as required, and was able to dig his way out and escape. The county went to great expense to see that this did not happen again.
The doors of the jail were built C.F. Nutting of San Francisco, the same company that supplied all the vaults in the rest of the courthouse. The stone floors are made of “Kate’s Peak Andesite,” a very dense and heavy granite which was quarried from the hills a short distance to the
This marker sponsored by Bruce & Linda Larson of Virginia City, Nevada who both retired from the Storey County Sheriff’s Office and worked in this jail.
Erected by Bruce and Linda Larson and the Comstock Historical Society. (Marker Number 17.)
Location. 39° 18.643′ N, 119° 39.017′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on North B Street. Touch for map. The marker is located at the north-side of the Storey County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Storey County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Piper’s Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Piper’s Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Delta (within shouting distance of this marker); The Piper - Beebe House (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of International Hotels (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Fire of 1875 (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinatown (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 386 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 9, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.