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    Three Imperial Size Photographs "Goldfield, Nevada" Spencer & Miller Co., ca. Early 1900s. Gold was discovered at Goldfield in 1902, its year of incorporation. By 1904 the Goldfield district produced about 800 tons of ore, valued at $2,300,000, 30% of the state's production that year. This remarkable production caused Goldfield to grow rapidly, and it soon became the largest town in the state. One prominent, or notorious, early Goldfield resident was George Graham Rice, a former forger, newspaperman, and racetrack tipster, turned mining stock promoter. The collapse of his Sullivan Trust Company and its associated mining stocks caused the failure of the Goldfield State Bank in 1907. Rice quickly left Goldfield, but continued to promote mining shares for another quarter-century. Goldfield reached a peak population of about 30,000 people in 1906. In 1907 Goldfield became the county seat. In addition to the mines, Goldfield was home to large reduction works. The gold output in 1907 was over $8.4 million; in 1908 about $4,880,000. By the 1910 census, its population had declined to 4,838. By 1912, ore production had dropped to $5 million.

    Three large format photographs of the Spenker & Miller Company. They operated a mercantile operation in Goldfield during the heyday. There are two images of the interior of the store, with various sundries, a store full of goods, can goods, brooms, coffee pots, etc. The outside photograph is the front of the store, with many people standing outside with there delivery wagons. The images are photographed by the "Allen Photo Company", Goldfield, Nevada. Measure approximately 12" x 10".

    Condition:
    Fine-very fine, very light soiling.


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