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Mines and Mills of the Comstock Region, Western Nevada

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Product Code: LP02

Title: Mines and Mills of the Comstock Region, Western Nevada

Mary B. Ansari
Year: 1989
Series: Camp Nevada Monograph No. 8
Format: 101 pages, paperback
ISBN: 0-933504-07-01

Foreword (by Larry J. Garside, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology; University of Nevada, Reno)

“I was very pleased and flattered to be asked to say a few words about Mary Ansari’s publication on the Mines and Mills of the Comstock Region. Mary has a long, abiding interest in the history of mining at the Comstock. She came to the University of Nevada, Reno twenty years ago, and she has been researching obscure sources of information on the Comstock ever since. She has previously completed a study of Storey County place names, and this work is a continuation of her research on a fascinating area and time in Nevada’s history.

I have often wondered about the name and history of a particular old mine or mill site along the Carson River or down Sixmile Canyon, but I never seem to have the proper reference source in hand. This new book fills that need, the desire of a “local” to know more of the mining history on his doorstep. Scholars will find much of interest in the book, but many of the thousands of visitors to the Comstock Lode at Virginia City will want to have it at hand to give them a hint of the past glories of Nevada’s best known mining camp. And geologists, geographers, and cartographers will find it an invaluable source of information for such diverse uses as mineral exploration, map making, and historical preservation.

The mining rush to Nevada that began with the discovery of the Comstock Lode and nearby mining areas helped Nevada Territory become a state in 1864. But for all of its importance to the state, some aspects of its geology, history, and geography have been little studied. This book helps to fill that need.”

Chapter Contents

Chapter 1: The Comstock District and Virginia City
Chapter 2: The Mines and Mills of Sevenmile Canyon
Chapter 3: The Mines of Virginia City
Chapter 4: Virginia City’s Mills
Chapter 5: The Mines and Mills of Sixmile Canyon
Chapter 6: The Mines of the “Divide” and the Brunswick Lode
Chapter 7: Gold Hill and its Mines
Chapter 8: Gold Hill Area Mills
Chapter 9: The Mines and Mills of the American Flat Area
Chapter 10: Silver City and the Mines of the Silver City District
Chapter 11: Mills of the Silver City Area
Chapter 12: The Sutro Tunnel, Adolph Sutro and the Town of Sutro
Chapter 13: Carson River Mills – Empire Area
Chapter 14: Carson River Mills – Dayton Vicinity
Chapter 15: Washoe Valley Mills
Chapter 16: Mills With Undetermined Locations


About the Author

During the 25 years that Mary Ansari was a member of the University of Nevada, Reno faculty, she held a variety of administrative positions in the University Library. She was tenured in 1973 and promoted to professor in 1983. In 1994, she retired as Director Emerita of Administrative Services and Branch Libraries. During her tenure at the University, she published widely in library and place-name literature. She was national president of the Geoscience Information Society, and the society’s Distinguished Service and Best Reference Book awards bear her name.

With her husband, Nazir, she has been a major benefactor to education, human services, and the arts in Nevada. She is trustee and secretary-treasurer of the Nazir and Mary Ansari Foundation, a charitable foundation seeking to improve people’s lives through support of human services, education, the arts and culture in northern Nevada. In 2007, she and her husband were recognized by the University of Nevada’s Board of Regents as Distinguished Nevadans and were honored as Outstanding Philanthropists by the Sierra Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The University of Nevada, Reno’s Map Library bears her name. She has served on several public boards and continues to publish books on Nevada place names.

Mary received a Masters degree in Library Science from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Business Administration from Western Michigan University. She received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Nevada, Reno. Mary and her husband reside in Incline Village, Nevada, USA.

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