RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- It was the charm of Virginia City that drew one Fallon resident and California native to invest in a piece of history. It's just more than 150 years old and when Thom Darrow saw it he saw nothing, but a bright future.
Immediately Darrow immersed himself in the Virginia City community. The former musician started playing music for passerby's and visiting the area whenever he could. He says it seemed only natural to set up shop.
"I told my wife I'd like to buy something here if we possibly can," Darrow says.
That's when Darrow stumbled upon 56 Stewart St. A home some may consider undesirable to some, because it was the third house in a line-up of foreclosures and for Darrow the price was right.
"I said lets try it. So we did. We bought it and by God I never looked back," Darrow says.
Instantly the 1860 house became a labor of love. Darrow got the crazy idea to repaint the home in navy blue and decorated with the yellow Battle Born slogan.
Since renovation began, Darrow says he's uncovered pieces of history buried in and around the house.
"I also found oyster shells too. Back in the 1800s that was considered a delicacy," Darrow says.
That's not all he discovered. Turns out, the home survived more than the turn of the century. The home lived through the Great Fire of 1875 that caused millions of dollars in damages in Virginia City. Burn stains line the walls in the back and second story of the house.
"Now that's something to really be proud of," Darrow says.
Darrow says he doesn't have a set date for when the remodel will be complete. He says he's enjoying the time he spends working on it.
"It's worth a lot of memories," Darrow says.