Women of the Comstock

Honoring Virginia City’s Legacy of Women-owned Businesses and Leadership

Virginia City, Nevada, made a name for itself in 1859 when eager prospectors struck it rich and the Comstock Lode was discovered. What was a small mining camp quickly became the largest city west of Denver. In its boomtown heyday, Virginia City was a place where only the strong would survive.

Today, Virginia City is a quaint mountain town and welcoming historical attraction, yet one thing remains: the women of Virginia City are a living legacy to the tenacity, hardworking and industrious character that is commonplace in the modern-day Bonanza.



In Virginia City, 55% of businesses are owned or managed by women. Pull up a seat at one of the town’s old West saloons and it’s likely you’ll be welcomed by a woman as 67% of the saloons are owned by women. When it’s time to get your grub on, there’s a good chance you’ll be enjoying the home cooking of the town’s 67% female-owned restaurants.

The Women of the Comstock series honors these hardworking women – their moxy, comradery, friendship and collective success. 

Join us as our women share their memories and stories, along with a few laughs. This heart-felt series introduces you to today’s women who are prioritizing community to ensure that visitors are always invited to step back in time. 

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