Virginia City Nevada and the Comstock Lode- A once bustling mining town in the late 1800s, Virginia City was heralded as the most important settlement between Denver, Colorado and San Francisco, California in the time of its heydays. One of the oldest settlements in Nevada, it got its start when two miners by the names of Pat McLaughlin and Peter O'Reilly discovered gold at the head of Six-Mile Canyon in 1859. Soon, another miner named Henry Comstock, stumbled upon their find and…

Pioneer Stage leaving Wells, Fargo & Co. C Street, Virginia City, Nevada, 1866

Great "Old West" town just outside of Carson City, Nevada.

Virginia City Nevada - Visit the Comstock Lode. With cowboys walking down the sidewalks it is truly cool.

The Comstock Lode

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The Virginia and Truckee Railroad (reporting mark VT) was built to serve the Comstock Lode mining communities of northwestern Nevada. At its height, the railroad's route ran from Reno south to Carson City, Nevada. In Carson City, the mainline split into two branches. One branch continued south to Minden, while the other branch traveled east to Virginia City. The railroad was abandoned in 1950.

The romantic, old western classic "Queen of the Short Lines". More than a great rail trip to Carson City, this area rich in history & iconic characters!

Comstoke Lode in Nevada.

/nA cutaway view of the mines on the Comstock Lode at Virginia City, Nevada, which yielded more than 500 million dollars in silver and gold ores between 1859 and Lithograph, American, Stock Photo

This image is supposedly one of Henry Comstock, for whom the Comstock Lode in NV is named.

Henry Comstock: Swindler, sometime scam artist and prospector. The Nevada silver mine known as the Comstock Lode bares his name, somewhat unfairly to its discoverers.

1863-S $20 Liberty. NGC EF40 Desirable Civil War date but struck in an area of the country where the winds of war weren't felt by the inhabitants. Whereas gold and silver coins went into hiding in the wartorn Eastern states, Out West, life went on pretty much as before. California's gold fields had passed their prime but new discoveries of gold (and silver) in Nevada -- the Comstock Lode -- were coming on stream in 1863 . Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,450. #Coins #Gold #US$20.00 #MADonC

1863-S $20 Liberty. NGC EF40 Desirable Civil War date but struck in an area of the country where the winds of war weren't felt by the inhabitants. Whereas gold and silver coins went into hiding in the wartorn Eastern states, Out West, life went on pretty much as before. California's gold fields had passed their prime but new discoveries of gold (and silver) in Nevada -- the Comstock Lode -- were coming on stream in 1863 . Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,450. #Coins #Gold #US$20.00 #MADonC

USS Comstock (LSD-45) is a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship. She was the second Navy ship to be named for the Comstock Lode in Nevada. Commissioned: 3 February 1990. Status: still in active service.

USS Comstock (LSD-45) is a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship. She was the second Navy ship to be named for the Comstock Lode in Nevada. Commissioned: 3 February 1990. Status: still in active service.

Old Comstock Assay Office Built 1876 Virginia City, Nevada

Old Comstock Assay Office Built 1876 Virginia City, Nevada

Comstock Lode Miners and prospectors organized the camp of Gold Hill

Comstock Lode Miners and prospectors organized the camp of Gold Hill

Virginia City, NV Whenever I'm in Tahoe i make the drive over to this silver mining town.

Boom town of Virginia City, Nevada. The town sprung up out of nowhere with the discovery of the Comstock Load, one of the richest mines in the Old West. This picture was taken in which would have been in the very early days of the town.

Comstock Lode The silver discoveries created a sensation in San Francisco.

Comstock Lode The silver discoveries created a sensation in San Francisco.

In 1867, O'Sullivan traveled to Virginia City, Nevada to document the activities at the Savage and the Gould and Curry mines on the Comstock Lode, the richest silver deposit in America. Working nine hundred feet underground, lit by an improvised flash -- a burning magnesium wire, O'Sullivan photographed the miners in tunnels, shafts, and lifts. (Timothy O'Sullivan/NARA)

Silver mining: here photographer Timothy O'Sullivan documents the actvities of the savage and the gould and curry mines in virginia city, nevada, in 1867 underground, lit by an improvised flash- a burning magnesium wire, O'Sullivan .

Comstock miners from the 1880s. According to the caption in the Wikipedia article on the Comstock lode, the original caption was "To labor is to pray."

"Seven Comstock Miners" photograph, searching for silver in Nevada, Taken by Frances S. Osgood and captioned "To Labor is to Pray".

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