Comstock Lode

The Prospector here

The Comstock Lode is a lode of silver ore located under the eastern slope of Mount Davidson, a peak in the Virginia Range in Nevada (then western Utah Territory)

  • The first major discovery of silver ore in the United States
  • The great Silver rush of prospectors to the area
  • The greatest discovery since the California Gold Rush in 1849
  • Mining camps soon popped up and prospectors from all over came to mine for silver

The Comstock Lode created immense fortunes and those fortunes led to the growth of Nevada and San Francisco

  • The advances in mining technology that it spurred are still used