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Wild West pictures in Lake Tahoe??

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1. Posted by (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

hello, I'm going to stay in Lake Tahoe soon. can anyone tell me if there is a place where you can have a stylised Wild West photo? Thanks

2. Posted by louflor (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

the real wild west is Tijuana mexico, my Dear

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 7y

Just about 43 miles from the City of South Lake Tahoe, CA is the city of Virgina City, Nevada.

Virginia City still looks exactly like it did 170 years ago when it was the wildest, richest mining town in the entire United States. There are all kinds of old saloons, jails that held robbers, and even the old newspaper headquarters of a certain Samuel Clemens (better known as Mark Twain), who wrote the famous books, Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn--and who was America's best known comedian of the time.

Go there and you will find some photography studios to take pictures at--or you can take stylized western photos basically anywhere in the entire town.



P.S. If you are familiar with the old TV show, Bonanza, then you would know that the family in that show, The Caltwrights, supposed lived and owned all the land on the east side of Lake Tahoe, and would ride their horses into Virginia City when they needed supplies or just wanted to have some fun.

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 7y

Oh, I forgot to give directions:

From South Lake Tahoe, head east (north) on US Hwy 50 the 27 miles or so that it takes to get to Carson City, which is the capital city of Nevada. Stay on US 50 heading east out of town for 8 miles, then turn left (north) on state highway 341. From here it is about 6 to 7 miles more to Virginia City--and you can take either state highway 341 or 342--both of which go into the main part of town.

Also, I suggest you consider returning back to Lake Tahoe via Reno, which is only another 1 hour away.



P.S. Virginia City is the home of the famous "Comstock Lode", which is a mine that runs directly below the town. It should be noted that at one point in time, Virginia City was the second largest city (2nd only to San Francisco) in the western United States. Today it probably ranks something like 600th largest, if that.

Over $400 million in silver was taken out of these mines in 1857-1860--at today's values, the silver would be worth about $4 billion. There were also some gold mines found nearby as well.

The Comstock Lode, in terms of value, is still considered to be the greatest single deposit of mineral ore ever discovered in the United States (and possibly in the world--although I think that the diamond mines of South Africa and the copper mines of Chile were slightly more valuable).

Here's a link to some pictures of Virginia City: