Comstock Lode


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Comstock Lode

A rich vein of gold and silver discovered in 1859 at Virginia City in western Nevada. Because of wasteful mining techniques, it was largely abandoned by 1898.

Comstock Lode

(ˈkʌmˌstɒk; ˈkɒm-)
n
(Mining & Quarrying) an extensive gold and silver vein in W Nevada, near Virginia City
[C19: named after T. P. Comstock (1820–70), American prospector]

Com′stock Lode`


n.
a rich deposit of silver and gold ore: discovered in 1859 by Henry T. P. Comstock near Virginia City, Nev.
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He made a fortune when a repository of silver ore in Northern Nevada, known as the Comstock Lode, was discovered.
Carson City prospered following the discovery of gold and silver in the nearby Comstock Lode in 1859, and became Nevada's state capital in 1864.
This volume collects 48 previously uncollected letters and two related feature works of Dan De Quille (William Wright), who wrote The Big Bonanza, a history of the Comstock Lode published in 1876.
The city's story did not end when the Comstock Lode played out.
The symbol of the 25th anniversary is silver, so it is appropriate that we will be in Reno, Nevada, the "Silver State," and land of the Comstock Lode.
They chronicle their travels across Mexico by land and water to San Francisco, the Sierra foothills, and Nevada's Gold Canyon, where they found silver near the nigh-legendary Comstock Lode.
Settlers soon followed, harvesting timber and cutting roads to such mining regions as the Comstock Lode, all in total disregard of the region's ecosystem: their emphasis was on making money from the bountiful natural resources.
Clemens--who first took on the nom de plume Mark Twain in Virginia City--praised Sutro and his plan to tunnel "through the Comstock Lode from end-to-end at a depth of two thousand feet," as he wrote in a footnote to his 1872 book Roughing It.
It's a veritable Comstock Lode of Sagebrush State Jewry.
SILVER FEVER; THE COMSTOCK LODE TO THE CARSON CITY MINT (9781440202476, $14.
Readers learn about Orson Hyde's immense frustration as probate judge of newly created Carson County, the culpability of the Williams brothers in sparking the Pyramid Lake War, the presence of African American farmers in the Carson Valley, and the discovery of the Comstock Lode at "both ends" by two different groups of prospectors.
Bonanza was named after the Comstock Lode, a huge vein of gold and silver found beneath Virginia City in 1859.