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    [Nevada Mining]. Photograph of Chollar Miners by Crockwell. 7.75" x 5". This very sharp photograph depicts six young miners (two of which appear to be women) standing near the entrance of the Chollar Silver Mine near Virginia City, Nevada. One miner holds a General Grant Lamp. Two more lamps are on the floor in front of the two, kneeling men. The picture is taken on the tracks leading down into the haulage tunnel. The location is identified on the verso, in pencil: "Chollar Mine/Virginia City." The Chollar was one of the Comstock Lode mines. Mounted to a board to an overall size of 8.5" x 5.25". The photograph is attributed to James H. Crockwell, a noted Utah and Nevada photographer who advertised himself as a "Mining and Contract Specialist in Viewing". He displayed his photography at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893 and is considered as one of the Comstock's most important photographers.

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    Virginia City is one of the oldest established communities in Nevada, tracing its genesis to the Comstock Lode silver strike in 1859. At its peak Virginia City was considered the wealthiest city in the United States and had a population in excess of 30,000 people. It's estimated that $400 million in silver was mined at the Comstock twenty its twenty year boom. But, by 1898 the boom was over and the city's population decreased significantly. Besides the Comstock Lode, the city is also famous for being the literary "birthplace" of Samuel Clemens's famous pseudonym "Mark Twain". Clemens worked as a reporter at the Territorial Enterprise newspaper where he first used his famous pen name as a sign off to a humorous travel article titled "Letter From Carson".  While at Virginia City Twain was also the "victim" of a mugging staged as a practical joke by his friends. Twain mentioned the episode in his 1872 book "Roughing It" and still seemed to be a bit miffed after all those years.

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    May, 2012
    12th Saturday
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