and Chester Petrocchi, managers of Water Company Antiques,
are standing in the doorway of the building that once housed
the offices of Virginia City's water company. It was constructed
in 1874. Beginning in 1873, the Virginia City & Gold Hill
Water Company built a 21-mile system of flumes, reservoirs,
tunnels, and high-pressure pipes to carry water from Lake Marlette
in the Sierra Nevadas to Virginia City.
water system cost $1 million to construct, and, with improvements
made in 1963, it is still in use today.
The built-in safe pictured at the left is one two still in
place in the Water Company Building. Its door boasts a hand-painted
mural of Yosemite Valley. The building also has original carved
marble fireplaces and walnut counters.