Comstock Lode

A Novel

Author: Louis L'Amour

Publisher: Bantam


Category: Fiction

Page: 624

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It was just a godforsaken mountainside, but no place on earth was richer in silver. For a bustling, enterprising America, this was the great bonanza. The dreamers, the restless, the builders, the vultures—they were lured by the glittering promise of instant riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to raise a legendary boom town. But some sought more than wealth. Val Trevallion, a loner haunted by a violent past. Grita Redaway, a radiantly beautiful actress driven by an unfulfilled need. Two fiercely independent spirits, together they rose above the challenges of the Comstock to stake a bold claim on the future.

The History of the Comstock Lode, 1850-1997

Author: Grant Horace Smith

Publisher: University of Nevada Press


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 328

View: 401

No aspect of Nevada's history has captured so much attention as the heady boomtown days of the Comstock Lode strike in the mid-nineteenth century. The History of the Comstock Lode, first published in 1943, provided mining investors, engineers, and western historians with the first comprehensive, chronological history of mining operations on the Comstock from 1850 to 1997. Grant H. Smith labored on this project for over a decade to produce a volume that has become a classic in its field and a mainstay in all mining history collections. Of particular note is Smith's progressive record of the ways the mines were developed, the failures encountered, the bonanzas discovered, and the production of the mines. New edition co-published with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.

An Editor on the Comstock Lodge

Author: Wells Drury

Publisher: Drury Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 396

View: 732

PREFACE. THE Author of this very practical treatise on Scotch Loch - Fishing desires clearly that it may be of use to all who had it. He does not pretend to have written anything new, but to have attempted to put what he has to say in as readable a form as possible. Everything in the way of the history and habits of fish has been studiously avoided, and technicalities have been used as sparingly as possible. The writing of this book has afforded him pleasure in his leisure moments, and that pleasure would be much increased if he knew that the perusal of it would create any bond of sympathy between himself and the angling community in general. This section is interleaved with blank shects for the readers notes. The Author need hardly say that any suggestions addressed to the case of the publishers, will meet with consideration in a future edition. We do not pretend to write or enlarge upon a new subject. Much has been said and written-and well said and written too on the art of fishing but loch-fishing has been rather looked upon as a second-rate performance, and to dispel this idea is one of the objects for which this present treatise has been written. Far be it from us to say anything against fishing, lawfully practised in any form but many pent up in our large towns will bear us out when me say that, on the whole, a days loch-fishing is the most convenient. One great matter is, that the loch-fisher is depend- ent on nothing but enough wind to curl the water, -and on a large loch it is very seldom that a dead calm prevails all day, -and can make his arrangements for a day, weeks beforehand whereas the stream- fisher is dependent for a good take on the state of the water and however pleasant and easy it may be for one living near the banks of a good trout stream or river, it is quite another matter to arrange for a days river-fishing, if one is looking forward to a holiday at a date some weeks ahead. Providence may favour the expectant angler with a good day, and the water in order but experience has taught most of us that the good days are in the minority, and that, as is the case with our rapid running streams, -such as many of our northern streams are, -the water is either too large or too small, unless, as previously remarked, you live near at hand, and can catch it at its best. A common belief in regard to loch-fishing is, that the tyro and the experienced angler have nearly the same chance in fishing, -the one from the stern and the other from the bow of the same boat. Of all the absurd beliefs as to loch-fishing, this is one of the most absurd. Try it. Give the tyro either end of the boat he likes give him a cast of ally flies he may fancy, or even a cast similar to those which a crack may be using and if he catches one for every three the other has, he may consider himself very lucky. Of course there are lochs where the fish are not abundant, and a beginner may come across as many as an older fisher but we speak of lochs where there are fish to be caught, and where each has a fair chance. Again, it is said that the boatman has as much to do with catching trout in a loch as the angler. Well, we dont deny that. In an untried loch it is necessary to have the guidance of a good boatman but the same argument holds good as to stream-fishing...

Longarm 314: Longarm and the Comstock Lode Killers

Author: Tabor Evans

Publisher: Penguin


Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 129

Longarm’s about to mix business with pleasure… Only a fool would expect to find gold in the decaying town of Comstock Lode. Still, folks are buying mining shares by the linear foot. Sounds like a scam to Longarm. Especially when stock investors start disappearing. And the federal officers who’ve been sent in to investigate are missing too… Billy Vale needs to send another officer, and there’s only one man he trusts will come out alive: Custis Long. And since the killers are expecting another solo act, Billy sets Custis up with a partner. But if there’s one thing Longarm has made perfectly clear, it’s that he works alone. There’s no way in hell he’ll ever team up with another man. But he never said anything about a woman…

The Comstock Lode

Author: Ferdinand Richthofen

Publisher: Theclassics.Us



Page: 20

View: 490

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ... Farther north, this rock covers the country to great extent. Sanidin-trachyte has never been found to contain silver-bearing veins; and in Washoe none occur in it, and yet it has evidently been mainly instrumental in the formation of the Comstock lode and other veins in that region. No geological events after that epoch are worth noticing, for our present object. Eruptions of basaltic rocks were considerable in adjoining parts of the Great Basin, but have been of little consequence in Washoe. Volcanic and eruptive activity gradually died away, and we behold now their last stages in the action of thermal springs, such as Steamboat Springs. The surface underwent but slow and gradual denudation; and the events of the volcanic period are recorded so perfectly and distinctly in the nature and association of the rocks, as to aid us greatly in explaining the mode of formation of the Comstock vein. GENERAL STRUCTURE OF COMSTOCK VEIN. The Comstock vein runs, nearly in the direction of the magnetic meridian (the variation being fifteen degrees east) along the eastern slope of the Mount Davidson range, which descends at a steep grade until it abuts against the gentle slope of three " Flats," on which, at an altitude of from five thousand eight hundred to six thousand two hundred feet, are situated the towns of Virginia, Gold Hill, and American City. The outcroppings of the vein extend in a broad belt along the foot of the steep grade and immediately above the three towns. The course of the vein, as far as yet explored, is somewhat dependent on the shape of the slope, as it partakes of all its irregularities, passing the ravines in concave bends and inclosing the foot of the different ridges in convex curves; the greatest convexity is around the...

The History of the Comstock Lode


Author: Grant L. Smith



Category: Comstock Lode (Nev.)

Page: 297

View: 879

Included are research notes, correspondence, production tables, and clippings either about Smith's Comstock book or used by Smith to write his book. Subjects researched include John W. Mackay, James G. Fair, business as well as technical aspects of mining in the Comstock Lode, details about individual mines, lists of production figures for the mines, data on the cost of production figures for the mines, data on the cost of living, and information on wood and water companies; typescripts of original correspondence and documents are also present.