THE COMSTOCK: AN ECONOMIC HISTORY OF A MINING BONANZA, 1860-1885 Download pdf file (below) Approximately 10 megabytes 400 pages, fully annotated No charge
CURRENTLY BEING REVISED BUT OLD MSS STILL AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOADING. AS NEW CHAPTERS ARE COMPLETED - AND THERE ARE MANY CHANGES - THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE AS A DOWNLOAD UNDER THE LINK ABOVE CHAPTERS. EVENTUALLY - BY THE END OF 2017, I HOPE - THEY WILL BE FORMATTED INTO A NEW FULL MSS TO REPLACE THE ORIGINAL ONE.
The Comstock Lode under Virginia City, NV, was one of the richest lodes of gold and silver to be mined in late-nineteenth-century America. In 2000-dollars the value of the ores would be $8 billion. Surface veins were first uncovered in 1859, and mining continued at depths of up to 2,000 feet for several decades, although by 1885, when this study ends, many of the mines had been deserted.
I earned a PhD in History at the University of Michigan. For most of my academic career I have studied and written about long-term growth trends and and related topics in colonial Latin America. A large part of my published work concerns mining in Mexico and Peru. Most can be downloaded free at http://historydatadesk.com. My interest in the Comstock came about accidentally. While living at Lake Tahoe as a retired ski bum, I ran across an entry describing mining accounts at the University of Nevada, Reno, Library. I was amazed to discover hundreds of boxes of ledgers, reports, lawsuits, etc, many of which ahd never been studied. For several years I worked my way through box after box of material at UNR plus I visited other depositories - Bancroft, Huntington, US Mint, Nevada Historical Society, Nevada Library and Archives and of course Virginia City. Once the research was complete, I left Tahoe for Paris where over a three-to-four-year period I wrote the original manuscript.
In the new edition, some chapters will disappear, some will be rewritten and some will be new. Most of the tables and graphs will be reformatted to make them clearer and simpler. I am also increasing the links in the Footnotes [Footnotes and not Endnotes, regrettably, for those who dislike the former and prefer the latter - and they are long] that allow direct access to the archival sources. Clicking on a link should take the user directly to the documents discussed in the text. That is why this can never be published as a printed book unless a disc is added. The new edition will have nundreds of direct-access links.
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Map (1876) of mining claims on Comstock Lode, under Virginia City and Gold Hill, Nevada
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IMPORTANT CORRECTION: In the above downloadable MSS, Chapter 10 - The Business of Mining: Essential, Redoubtable Worker, Wages & Unions, Size of Labor Force, Tenure of Worker (The Comstock [J]) was accidentally ommitted and replaced by a second copy of Chapter 11 - The Business of Mining: The Sutro Tunnel, Ever-Expanding Technological Base (The Comstock [K]). Chapter 10 can be downloaded at this link.
Further, Chapter 11 appears a third time because what should be Chapter 12 - The Biggest Bonanza: Location & Size, The Founders - is wrongly called Chapter 11, although the contents are correct.