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Mining Tour


In this tour section, we have assembled some orienting materials. The QTVR tour of Virginia City and the surrounding area requires a new version of QuickTime. The file is quite large and takes about three minutes to download, depending on the speed of your modem connection. The tour provides an overview of the area from the top of Mount Davidson, the highest mountain overlooking Virginia City. From there it is possible to see not only Virginia City at the base, but valleys and mountains about 50 miles distant.

View of Virginia City

The mining tour introduces the steps to mining with some illustrations and maps. This information provides some background for other topics and activities.

The vocabulary page gives some interesting mining terms and definitions that may be useful for other topics.