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    [Nevada Mining]. Stereoscopic Photograph of Virginia City, Nevada. 6.25" x 3". An early, bird's-eye view of the famous mining town, presented side-by-side on a 7" x 3.5" card. Along the left edge is printed: "Views of the Comstock." 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. A fine image.

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    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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