Econo Lodge Fallon Naval Air Station Area
70 E. Williams Ave.
Fallon, NV 89406
Phone: (775) 423-2194
Fax: (775) 423-7187
Arts & Museums
See the Old West and mining days come alive at this one-of-a-kind museum. The rooms are filled with gambling memorabilia including more than 100 antique slot machines dating back to the 1800s and early 1900s. Visit a replication of a gambling saloon and poker room from the 1870s. See rare artifacts, photos, and cheating devices used over the years. There is a very interesting old U.S. money display that shows a $500- and $1,000-dollar bill. This historic museum makes the Old West come back to life as you step through the door. Call for opening hours.
This building was built in 1876 to house the headquarters for the county fire department. The volunteer firemen were members of a system whose origins can be traced to the first American Fire Company originally organized by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. The museum has a collection of old fire fighting apparatus, uniforms and photos from that era. You can learn the history of the Knickerbocker and Liberty Engine Company, the members of this elite club and their acts of heroism. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Call for opening hours.
This museum is housed on the ground floor of the Parrish House, which used to be the rectory for St. Mary's Catholic Church. An array of antique radios dating back to 1915 through 1950 awaits you. Listen to the voice of an old time radio personality and try to guess his identity. See Hoot Gibson's magnificent 1929 Victor Radio Phonograph. For the amateur radio operator, there are display cases full of early ham gear and a fully operational 1950s vintage ham radio station. The owners, Henry and Sharon Rogers, can even repair the antique radio that has been in your family for generations.
This is family fun for everyone in the heart of downtown Virginia City. See the complete underground mine workings of an authentic gold and silver mine. Experienced miners will guide you through tunnels as you descend deep into the shaft. You will see the actual tunnels, crosscuts, drifts and various tools that the miners used in the old Comstock. One can experience what life was really like for these men as they lived their short and hard lives hundreds of feet below the earth.
The Old Washoe Club is a museum preserving the history of this culturally rich region. Upstairs is a guided ghost tour, in a building that is said to be haunted. For a more good-natured time, belly up to the bar and step back into the past. This bar has been around for more than a century and has a colorful history to boot. It was built in late 1800s as a swank private club for the city's silver king millionaires and eventually wound up being the fun spot it is today. The decor is strictly down-home neighborhood bar. While you're here, take a peek at the spiral staircase. It's an amazing bit of carpentry. You'll find lots of friendly locals who love to tell tourists some of Virginia City's rough and tumble tall tales. Local Country/Western bands fill the small saloon with lively music on the weekends. Grab your partner; dancing is permitted. Credit cards are not accepted.
This beautiful old mansion nestled at the foothills of Mount Davidson boasts to be Virginia City's only truly original mansion from the 1800s. The furnishings were imported from Europe in 1868 and are still on display. Crystal chandeliers illuminate the rooms and reflect brightly on the silver doorknobs adorning the large wooden doors. Climb to floors above on Italian hanging stairways fastened with silver stair rods. Marvel at the workmanship and beauty of the Carrara marble fireplaces. Call for opening hours.
This historic Victorian mansion, which was first built and occupied in 1859, served as the Gould and Curry mine offices and living quarters. The then superintendent of mines, George Hearst, borrowed $400 to build it, and started the Hearst family fortune. By the 1870s, John Mackay took over and became one of the most powerful, wealthy and revered characters of the Comstock. The maroon upholstered furniture in the grand parlor was made in 1868 and is the original furnishings of the mansion. As an interesting side note, the carved heads on the arms of the chairs commemorate the opening of the Suez Canal. The carpet, which was laid in the 1860s, is also original. The yard features original pieces as well, including the large weathered clothesline and Chinese laundry. The woodshed is still stocked with authentic tools. The self-guided tour starts at the entrance to the grand stairway inside the home. The informative guides will lead you in the right direction so you won't miss anything.
History buffs will enjoy this interesting old schoolhouse. It was built in the late 1880s so the Comstock students could get their education in a fine modern building. Walk through and you will see that much of the old furnishings and blackboards remain. The four-story building has been completely refurbished inside and out and serves as a meeting place, gallery and museum for the area. Admission is USD2 for adults, children under age 12 admitted free.