Virginia City: Before Nevada became a state

Oct 31, 2014

On October 31, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the order making Nevada the 36th state.  But long before that, the territory was an integral part of the gold and silver rush.  Famous for its bountiful mineral deposits, Virginia City was a booming mining town and was the place to be in the mid-nineteenth century.  It’s a city shrouded in legend and folklore.  It attracted, presidents, famous entertainers and it even spawned a television show.  This is a special sesquicentennial report on the town that put Nevada on the map, Virginia City.

As Nevada celebrates its 150th birthday this fall, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno has assembled a truly historic exhibit that culminates with the unprecedented Reno visit by the original Emancipation Proclamation on Nevada Day weekend.

The exhibit is entitled "The 36th Star: Nevada's Journey from Territory to Statehood," and it runs through Nov. 2. The Emancipation Proclamation will be featured Oct. 30 - Nov. 2.

The Nevada Museum of Art's Director of Communications Amanda Horn provided highlights of the exhibit on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines (9-19-14).