Several contributing buildings, a portion of the historic highway at Greiner's Bend, and the entire mountainside adjacent to Gold Hill are in danger of sliding into an inactive mining pit developed in the 1970s. The cumulative effect of contemporary surface mines within the central corridor of the district has been a gradual destruction and disintegration of the historic landscape that constitutes the visual heart of the historic district. Tourism-related commercial development, residential and recreation-oriented development, and vandalism continue to diminish the integrity of the Landmark. Vacant and under-utilized buildings, many of which are privately owned and are an integral part of Virginia City's Landmark significance, continue to deteriorate. The cemeteries at both Virginia City and Gold Hill suffer from vandalism, soil subsidence, and animal infestations. The Gold Hill cemetery is particularly threatened from erosion and would suffer under the proposed construction of a tourist railroad line. Many of the district's numerous archeological sites are deteriorating through natural processes and are being damaged and destroyed through human activities.