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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Virginia City, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Virginia City and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Virginia City:
    • 36.579754, -105.240006
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Virginia City
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Virginia City ...

We have found seven communities that share the name Virginia City.

Within New Mexico, the name Virginia City is unique.

Beyond New Mexico, we know of another seven communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arizona
      • Mohave County
      • This community is historic<1> and although located in Mohave County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Mohave County community of Virginia City.
    • Montana
      • Madison County
      • This Virginia City is located in Madison County and lies 695 miles [1,118.5 km]<2> to the north northwest of the Virginia City that is located in Colfax County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virginia City
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Madison County community of Virginia City.
    • Nevada
      • Storey County
      • This Virginia City is located in Storey County and lies 806 miles [1,297.1 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Virginia City that is located in Colfax County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virginia City
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Storey County community of Virginia City.
    • Texas
      • Bailey County
      • This community is historic<1> and although located in Bailey County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bailey County community of Virginia City.
    • Virginia
      • Russell County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Virginia community of Virginia City [Russell County].
      • Wise County
      • This Virginia City is located in Wise County and lies 1,263 miles [2,032.6 km]<2> to the east of the Virginia City that is located in Colfax County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virginia City
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wise County community of Virginia City.
    • Washington
      • Okanogan County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Washington community of Virginia City [Okanogan County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Virginia City ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Anchor [Taos County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anchor
    • Anchor [Taos County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the northwest of Virginia City
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Anchor have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Angel Fire [Colfax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Angel Fire
    • Angel Fire [Colfax County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the south of Virginia City
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,070 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Angel Fire
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Angel Fire<5>
  • Deep Tunnel [Colfax County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deep Tunnel
    • Deep Tunnel [Colfax County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northeast of Virginia City
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Deep Tunnel have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Eagle Nest [Colfax County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eagle Nest
    • Eagle Nest [Colfax County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the southwest of Virginia City
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 251 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eagle Nest have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagle Nest
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eagle Nest<5>
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    • Elizabethtown [Colfax County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elizabethtown
      • Elizabethtown [Colfax County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Virginia City
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elizabethtown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hematite [Colfax County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hematite
      • Hematite [Colfax County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northwest of Virginia City
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hematite have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Idlewild [Colfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Idlewild
      • Idlewild [Colfax County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Virginia City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Idlewild
    • Lakeview Pines [Colfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakeview Pines
      • Lakeview Pines [Colfax County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Virginia City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lakeview Pines
    • Red River [Taos County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red River
      • Red River [Taos County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the northwest of Virginia City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 459 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red River
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Red River<5>
    • Twining [Taos County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Twining
      • Twining [Taos County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the west of Virginia City
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Twining have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Virginia City. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • Ernest Martin Hennings     (Artist)
    • Dean Stockwell     (Actor)
      • Full name: Robert Dean Stockwell
      • Actor. He was born in Los Angeles (CA) on March 5, 1936 (a Thursday) and died in Ranchos de Taos (NM) on November 7, 2021 (a Sunday) at the age of 85. The body was cremated.
      • Ranchos de Taos is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Virginia City.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dean Stockwell<6>

How Far From Virginia City to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Virginia City to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic community of Virginia City once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Virginia City and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Raton, which is the Seat of Colfax County and lies 49 miles [78.9 km]<2> to the east northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Virginia City to Raton, with an average speed<7> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
    • Santa Fe, which is the State Capital of New Mexico, lies 73 miles [117.5 km] to the south southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,542 miles [2,481.6 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 61 days and walking would take 88 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 7,062 miles [11,365.2 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,821 miles [12,586.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,737 miles [9,232.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in New Mexico

About Colfax County

About New Mexico

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of New Mexico: www.newmexico.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Virginia City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Virginia City) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Virginia City. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Virginia CityOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Virginia City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.5798, Longitude: -105.2400       In this case, the coordinates for Virginia City have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Virginia City could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<7>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<8>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Virginia City to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 326.38 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 324.528 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 318.407 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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