Nevada's Sesquicentennial

      October 31, 1864 - October 31, 2014

Reception to Unveil “Nine Cheers for the Silver State” Painting

Reception to Unveil “Nine Cheers for the Silver State” Painting

The rarely-seen interior of the Gold Hill Depot will open to the public for a special Nevada Day event. After extensive restorations by Storey County, the Virginia City Tourism Commission, and the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, the Depot will be the location of a grand reception on October 31, celebrating the sesquicentennial of Nevada statehood and the unveiling of “Nine Cheers for the Silver State,” a painting by renowned Nevada artist Steven Saylor.

Saylor’s painting takes its title from a headline that appeared in the Gold Hill Daily News on October 31, 1864. Prints of the painting are available for purchase to raise funds for the historic preservation efforts of the Comstock Foundation. The champagne reception will be from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. The ticket price of $30 includes a ride on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad to and from its Virginia City terminus to the Gold Hill Depot. The train will depart from Virginia City at 3:00 pm, and it will return in time for a Virginia City parade celebrating 150 years of statehood. Tickets are available from the Virginia City Tourism Commission.

Saylor’s work depicts Governor Brian Sandoval as well as past governors Paul Laxalt, Bob List, Dick Bryan, and Bob Miller. In addition, the painting includes former First Ladies Dawn Gibbons and Dema Guinn, in honor of the Guinn and Gibbons administrations, and Corrado De Gasperis, Ron James and John Winfield, from the Comstock Foundation. Saylor has previously published prints of his popular painting as fundraisers for various causes. His earlier paintings include “Celebrity Train,” portraying notable country and western celebrities, and “Heavyweights,” that also depicted six former living governors.

The reception will allow people to see the inside of the Depot, which dates to 1869 and features historic graffiti including the names of many nineteenth-century Comstock residents. “This interior is one of the best preserved V&T Railroad spaces in existence,” said Ron James, executive director of the Comstock Foundation. “Since the railroad is one of the world’s most significant historic shortlines, we were very pleased that the Comstock Foundation could work with Storey County to make the building available for functions so people can visit this important site.”

The Comstock Foundation will make 150 numbered prints of Saylor’s painting available for purchase. Each copy will include a one troy ounce pure silver medallion celebrating the 150th anniversary of statehood, minted from pure Comstock silver (.9999), mined safely and responsibly from the Comstock Lode District. The cost of each print, including a Comstock silver medallion, is $1,150. For an additional $400, the print will be framed and will include a second medallion.

“We anticipate that the effort will raise over $100,000 of critically needed funds to preserve at-risk resources of our National Landmark,” said Corrado De Gasperis, chairman of the board of the Comstock Foundation. “We are delighted that Comstock Mining can provide the purest Comstock silver, literally for the first time since the U.S. Mint in Carson City closed in 1893, for the minting of this artfully crafted medallion that we are offering with the print. The coin actually represents the first, pure Comstock silver product being offered by the company and directly benefitting the Foundation, and we are already seeing strong demand and deposits and orders for the prints.  The prints will definitely sell out.”

Tickets are available on the Virginia City Tourism Commission website visit or call 775-847-7500.

When: October 31st 2014
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Gold Hill Depot. Gold Hill, NV (Storey)
Phone Number: 775-847-7500

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