Knowing Nevada: Revitalization of Mackay Mansion

Mackay Mansion stairs

Between the University of Nevada, Reno's Mackay School of Earth Sciences & Engineering department and Mackay Stadium, the name 'Mackay' is well known throughout northern Nevada.

The original structure named after mining legend John Mackay, however, needs some attention too.

John Mackay moved in to the Virginia City home in 1871 just before he and his partners discovered a massive silver load in the area, making him more than $100 million.

The mansion was built in 1859, but these days, it is very far from its heyday.

Door and window frames are cracking both inside and out of the building. Original carpets are still on the grounds, but they're deteriorating along with the staircase, curtains and outdoor balcony.

Dawn Dessaussois, the tour guide inside the mansion, says it is time to bring the building back to glory.

"I want it to be brought back to the way it was," says Dessaussois. "I think it's very important for people to see the history, and know what actually happened here."

The home is privately owned and the costs are piling up, so those in charge are asking for the public's help to bring the mansion back to life.

"It's amazing, and people do not realize the history that is involved," says Dessaussois.

The home is also considered one of the most haunted buildings in Nevada, and the Ghost Adventures crew from the Travel Channel made a visit last year.

As thousands have come through the Mackay building at the University, and dozens of winning football teams have called Mackay Stadium home, some in Virginia City are hoping to raise the standard of what started John Mackay's legacy in the first place.

Those running the building are asking for anyone willing to donate to the revitalization project to visit their GoFundMe page, which you can access by clicking here.

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