Here is a bar with a difference. Beneath a Virginia City bar is the entrance to an abandoned gold mine.
A fully-functional saloon in Virginia City, Nevada contains an 1860’s
bank vault and underground mine. The beloved watering hole has been
offering tours of the mine shaft since the 1900s.
Virginia City, Nevada used to be a heavy mining town, and was
pocked with tunnels dug by voracious miners hunting for silver and gold.
The Best & Belcher mine was not profitable in the gold rush of the
1800s, but became profitable 100 years later in an entirely different
way. The owners of the Ponderosa Saloon realized that the mine shaft of
the Best & Belcher mine was only a short way away from their bar, so
they dug a tunnel to the abandoned mine shaft and began offering tours.
The saloon also features an old walk-in bank vault, and the now
150-year-old establishment offers up tours of both the vault and the
mine. The 25-minute tour of the mine guides you through the shaft and
the more than 300 pieces of vintage mining equipment on display.
the tour, you can grab a cold drink and a hot dog from the restaurant
Clancy's comment: Sounds interesting.
Love this post, Clancy! I grew up in Reno, Nevada and spent many adventurous days in Virginia City. It's still one of my favorite places to explore. Mark Twain describes his exploits around the Lake Tahoe area and as an editor in Virginia City in his wonderful novel 'Roughing It' ~ still a favorite book of mine, too. Thanks for memories!ReplyDelete
Very welcome, Jo. Great to hear from you.Delete