On a series of hills just north of Virginia City is the Virginia City or the Silver Terrace Cemeteries. While this name includes the Gold Hill Cemetery as well, most visitors come to the Virginia City... Read More
On a series of hills just north of Virginia City is the Virginia City or the Silver Terrace Cemeteries. While this name includes the Gold Hill Cemetery as well, most visitors come to the Virginia City Cemetery. Most of the graves are from after the 1860s and include a variety of fraternal, civic and religious groups. In both the Silver Terrace Cemetery and the Gold Hill Cemetery, nearly every plot is fenced or bordered, a typical practice of the Victorian period. The characteristic features of these burial places reflect the breadth of styles and designs popular during their long history. Grave markers range in materials from wood to metal to cut stone. The inscriptions on the markers give silent testimony to the social and economic fabric of both Virginia City and Gold Hill. Very few of the adults buried in these cemeteries were born in Nevada. The birthplaces noted throughout the grounds provide a glimpse of the scope of immigration and the makeup of the settlement that supported the Comstock mining industry. Several children were buried in these cemeteries as well.
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