I have recorded 4 hours at the mill: video interview and photo. If funded I will be able to put up more.
Diamond Jim leads tour inside a late 1800s historic Comstock era stamp mill where a steam engine turned belts, pulleys and line shafts to operate
(2)-1,000 pound stamps that vertically rise and fall guided by steel rods that pulverize rock ore containing gold and silver particles.
Comstock Gold Mill
Virginia City’s mining history comes alive with two original restored stamp mills from the 1850’s Comstock Lode. Tour the working gold stamp mill and historical mining equipment and see gold processed from ore to recovery.
Admission: Adults .00 Child .00 (5-12 yrs.) 4 years and under free
-(2009 prices: check website if changed.)-
Hours: 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday – Sunday Closed Tuesday
F Street at the railroad crossing
Virginia City, NV 89440
Also ride the V&T RR, “crookedest railraod in the world” – Mark Twain all the way to Carson City just a football field away. Same for the Chollar Mine open for daily tours as featured in http://ComstockOre.blogspot.com
Phone: (775) 742-9694
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1074, Virginia City, NV 89440
Hours: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Wednesday – Monday Closed Tuesday
Admission: Adults .00 4 years and under free Family rates available
In Virginia City the discovery of silver in 1859 led to one of the greatest mining bonanzas of all time as the Comstock Lode spewed forth treasure. The Comstock’s closest connection to the outside world lay in the Truckee Meadows.
After learning how gold ores are mined, head over to the Comstock Gold Mill to learn how they are processed. Time has not slowed the machine down—the restored gold mill still works although ores are no longer sent through it. Look carefully, however, and you can still spot tiny flecks of gold that were too difficult to remove.
Comstock band, Others Brothers, performs the song –
Teach Your Children Well – Crosby Stills Nash and Young
Mark Twain’s Bookstore
111 So. C Street
P.O. Box 449
Virginia City, Nevada 89440
Phone: (775) 847-0454
Fax: (775) 847-9010
Western Mining: An Informal Account of Precious-Metals Prospecting, Placering, Lode Mining, and Milling on the American Frontier from Spanish Times to 1893
BOOK By Otis Young, 358 pages, ISBN 0806113529, 9780806113524
Page 1 excerpt:
“UNTIL NEARLY the turn of the twentieth century, American prospecting reflected no great advancement beyond that of prehistoric ages…”
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, 1982
A History of the Comstock Silver Lode & Mines, Nevada and the … – Google Books Resultby William Wright, Dan De Quille – 1889 – Comstock Lode (Nev.) – 158 pages
THE COMSTOCK SYSTEM OF WATER SUPPLY. The Virginia City and Gold Hill Water Works. When silver was first discovered on the Comstock, the flow of water from
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