VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. – While Virginia City remains true blue to its 1850s heritage, visitors can now connect with the past via free Wi-Fi. The new “VC Visitor” access provides free 24-hour access with a simple email login for visitors in the business district.

A sweet deal from a local company made it possible to visit the numerous historic saloons, churches, and museums while staying connected to the worldwide web.

“Through the generosity of a locally-based internet provider, we’re able to offer our visitors a way to connect through their smart phones, tablets or laptops and our mobile app while visiting,” said Deny Dotson, tourism director for the Virginia City Tourism Commission.

Due to Virginia City’s remote location at 6,200 feet and 22 miles from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, online access has been understandably spotty. The free Wi-Fi allows visitors to remain continuously connected.

With the free Wi-Fi, visitors can also download the “Virginia City, Nevada” mobile app that includes an audio tour of 32 historical landmarks, list of attractions, ability to purchase event tickets and connections to social media.