The Way It Was Museum
For a town of less than 1,000 people, there is still much to see and do in Virginia City, but perhaps the best bang for your buck is The Way It Was Museum, which for a mere $4 (at the time of our visit) you can gaze upon a variety of artifacts focusing with the main focus being town’s mining history.
I believe the museum opened in 1957 (based on an article posted outside the museum from 1958 that said the museum is “only a year old”) and houses the collection of Abraham Lincoln Kendall, which ranges from mining artifacts and general articles of the time to items of his and his family’s own creation. Perhaps the most fascinating item on display is one Kendall did indeed create, a model of the extensive mining operation that made Virginia City the boomtown it once was. The model, where one inch equals 40 feet, showcases about 250 miles of the roughly 800 miles of tunnels carved out to extract silver. Another unique homemade element is a series of paper mache dolls, each dressed in attire based on a catalog of the period.
Visit The Way It Was Museum at 113 C Street in Virginia City. For up to date hours, visit their website.
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