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Celebrating Nevada's 150th Birthday in Virginia City

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It was on this day in 1864 when President Abraham Lincoln made Nevada the 36th state. And many are celebrating the Silver State's 150th birthday in one of our most historic towns - Virginia City.

Just like the old days -- the Virginia and Truckee Railroad rolls through the Comstock.

"It's a big part of why we're so successful. We had to bring the stuff in and of course, the silver route. So, V&T was instrumental in that," says Deny Dotson, Virginia City Tourism Director.   

The Nevada Day party got started with a barbecue in the heart of Virginia City. Food, music, and plenty of people -- dressed like the old days.

"It's part of American history as well as Nevada history. When you come into Virginia City, it's like you're stepping back in time,” says Marshall McBride, co-owner, Bucket of Blood Saloon.

"The characters, alone, are fun to stop and talk with. Everyone is extremely fun and engaging and the food is fantastic."

Corrie Zam-Northan is one of seven artists that created a mural. They've been working on it for about six months. "Everything is not with us anymore is in a black and white photograph. Everything that's still with us is in color."

Part of the day included the unveiling of a portrait by Steven Saylor. It's called "Nine Cheers for the Silver State" and shows several of our state's current and former leaders signing Nevada into statehood.    

While our statehood is being recognized, it's Nevada's heritage that's being celebrated -- in one of the most famous boomtowns.

"This is the greatest place on earth and this is the best place to be on Nevada Day,” says Marshall.

Deny adds, "It works real well with our tagline, "Stepping Back in Time," here. A lot of it is still the same. I think President Lincoln made a wise choice when he decided to take Nevada as the 36th state."

The parade will get underway around 5:30 p.m. And that will be followed by trick-or-treating on the Comstock.

And at 7 p.m., the Nevada 150 Masquerade Ball will take place at Piper's Opera House.
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