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    [Nevada Mining]. Photograph of Union Mine, Virginia City by Tibbitts, circa 1908. Silver gelatin print on muslin-backed paper. 8" x 6", mounted to an overall size of 10.5" x 9". Howard C. Tibbitts was a photographer for the Southern Pacific Railroad for over forty years. Taken from a rise, the photograph shows a hard-packed dirt road, two buildings with lumber stacked in front, and headframe mining tower. Electrical power lines and utility poles run are visible alongside the road. Written in pencil on the mounting paper beneath the photograph: "Union Mine - Virginia City, Nevada." Virginia City was one of the most famous boomtowns in the Old West as it virtually appeared overnight as a result of the "Comstock Lode" silver strike of 1859. During its peak, Virginia City had a population of nearly 30,000. When the Comstock Lode ended in 1898, the city's population sharply declined. Light silvering along bottom left corner and lower left edge of print. Mounting paper has some toning.

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