As this booming mining camp
became a more permanent settlement, the need arose to establish
a cemetery. Beginning in the 1860s, a wide variety of fraternal,
civic and religious groups established burial yards on the hillside
including the Masons, Pacific Coast Pioneers, Knights of Pythias,
Firemen, Wilson and Brown, Improved Order of Redmen, Roman Catholic,
and the city and county. Nearly every plot is fenced or bordered,
a typical practice of the Victorian period. The characteristic features
of this burial place reflect the breadth of styles and designs popular
during its long history.
Grave markers range in materials from wood
to metal to cut stone. The inscriptions on the markers give silent
testimony to the social and economic fabric of Virginia City. The
majority date to before 1920. Very few of the adults buried in these
cemeteries were born in Nevada. The birthplaces noted throughout
the grounds provide a glimpse of the scope of immigration and the
makeup of the settlement that supported the Comstock mining industry.
This cemetery, or more correctly cemeteries, is
large and stretches many acres. There are probably thousands of graves
The Virginia City cemeteries are accessible from
Reno via U.S. Highway 395 south to Nevada 341 east. As you descend into
the north end of town, the cemeteries become visible.
There have been reports from visitors to the cemetery
after dark, of a certain gravestone that emits a strange light from far
away. When the people try to find it, the light disappears. There is also
a man's gravestone that moves from his gravesite frequently, although
the guards report that no one has entered the cemetery, and it is a rather
large piece of stone for a normal human to move, and it requires three
people at least to move it back.
This particular investigation centered on the many
old cemeteries in and around Virginia City. Although our main focus was
to simply check out many of the locations for future investigations, we
ended up doing an impromptu investigation of several locations.
Approaching thunderstorms made it difficult to
obtain accurate EMF data, but we did manage to capture some interesting
phenomena on film.
We looked at a total of 9 cemeteries and believe that at least 3 have
a very good potential for possible paranormal activity.
It should be noted that we seemed to get more activity as the storm moved
closer to us and then again after it had passed over.
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As the storm passed over us, we
took shelter in the car, watching the graveyard as the storm rumbled
by. The most interesting photo that we took seems to show the apparition
of a man standing near some of the graves. An enlargement of the photograph
shows several details including a jacket and tie. The photograph was
taken just after the storm had passed with a standard 35 mm camera
with no flash. During the storm, Shadow was most insistent that he
saw "someone" walking around the cemetery. However when
Cody looked, no one could be seen.