The Virginia City National Historic Landmark (VCNHL) is a national treasure, beloved by local residents, local businesses, Nevadans statewide, outdoor recreation and sports enthusiasts and conservation groups. At this moment, the VCNHL is in serious danger of exploitation by large-scale industrial open-pit mining in the heart of the historic district and several residential communities. The Comstock Residents Association (CRA) is working diligently to become our community’s advocate for renewal of strong stewardship of the VCNHL and protection of our public heritage. The CRA represents today’s Nevadans and our future generations to both stop invasive industrial uses and to reverse the “threatened” level condition applied to the VCNHL by the National Park Service in 1986. The potential loss of NHL if the landscape continues to be obliterated by open-pit mining will negatively affect the economic viability of areas outside the NHL, but especially Virginia City, a signature part of our history.
Currently, the CRA represents the residents of Virginia City, Gold Hill, Silver City and Dayton, with a common purpose of preserving, protecting and perpetuating the integrity and sustainability of the Virginia City National Historic Landmark (VCNHL). The VCNHL is Nevada’s largest historic landmark, 9,200 acres, set in the hills of the gorgeous Virginia Range of peaks and valleys. Within the Landmark are both residential and small retail communities that have transformed this 19th Century mining district into the celebration of the birthplace of Nevada, a unique and special historic district of enormous pride to all Nevadans.
Through both education and advocacy, CRA implements a set of goals focused on ensuring the legacy of the Comstock for generations to come. In accord with the VCNHL’s historic significance and inherent beauty, Making sound investments in our educational and charitable programs, activities and campaigns to further our core values.