Storey County PO Box 176 Virginia City, NV 89440

County Facts

In 1859, the discovery of the Comstock Lode, the most significant silver deposit ever discovered, generated major advancements in mining processes and innovations that resulted in Storey County emerging as the leader in technology and economic development. In the twentieth century, as mining production in the county declined, it became necessary to increasingly rely on tourism and gaming as the major economic generators. Virginia City’s portrayal in the historic television show "Bonanza," first aired in 1959, fueled enormous public interest that resulted in a tourism explosion. In recent decades, Storey County has worked toward establishing its major sources of economic growth in the industries of warehousing, logistics, light, heavy, and advanced manufacturing, such as renewable energy development and data management.