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A Short History Of Virginia City

Author : Ronald M. James
ISBN : 0874179475
Genre : History
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Founded in 1859, Virginia City quickly became world famous for its extraordinary prosperity. Over the next two decades, the mines of “the Richest City on Earth” yielded millions in gold and silver. The newly wealthy built mansions and churches, opera houses and schools, with furniture, fashions, and entertainment imported from Europe and the Far East. Here young Samuel Clemens, reporting for the Territorial Enterprise in 1863, first called himself Mark Twain. At its height Virginia City was a magnet for immigrants and the world leader in technological innovations in mining. The city’s story did not end when the Comstock Lode played out. Beginning in the 1930s, bohemian artists, literati, and tourists were intrigued by this remnant of the Old West. The leader of Manhattan’s café society, Lucius Beebe, moved here and relaunched the Territorial Enterprise in 1950. Television’s most popular western from 1959 to 1973, Bonanza, located its fictional Ponderosa Ranch nearby. In the summer of 1965, a handful of Bay Area musicians, including Big Brother and the Holding Company, performed at the Red Dog Saloon and launched psychedelic rock, part of the inspiration for a defining decade of youth culture. Today it is both a National Historic Landmark District and a living community. Visitors come to enjoy its saloons and restaurants, admire its architecture, and learn from its museums and exhibits. A Short History of Virginia City will enhance their experience and will also be enjoyed by anyone interested in the history of Nevada, mining, and the Old West. • Includes an illustrated walking tour describing more than thirty buildings and sites

Boomtown Saloons

Author : Kelly J. Dixon
ISBN : 0874177030
Genre : History
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"The image of Old West saloons as sites of violence and raucous entertainment has been perpetuated by film and legend, but the true story of such establishments is far more complex. In Boomtown Saloons, archaeologist Kelly J. Dixon recounts the excavation of four historic saloon sites in Nevada's Virginia City, one of the West's most important boomtowns, and shows how the physical traces of this handful of disparate drinking places, affiliated with a range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups, offer a captivating new perspective on everyday life in the mining West."--Jacket.

Comstock Women

Author : Ronald Michael James
ISBN : 0874172977
Genre : History
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The contributors to Comstock Women consider the complexity of women's experiences on the Comstock Lode, combining traditional historical research with demography, ethnic studies, architectural history, material culture, and literary studies, using as many tools as possible to arrive at insights not addressed by earlier histories and the limited primary records.

The Roar And The Silence

Author : Ronald Michael James
ISBN : 0874173205
Genre : History
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Gathering information from a variety of sources, including interviews, archaeological work, and computer analysis, a history of the Comstock Lode and Virginia City offers a fascinating look at the silver barons and at the multiethnic community that existed around them. Original. UP.

A Short History Of Reno

Author : Barbara Land
ISBN : 0874172624
Genre : History
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This is an anecdotal treatment of Reno's history. Its text and photographs uncover some little known facts and enlighten readers about Reno's colourful past and the parade of larger-than-life characters who left their mark on the city.

To Dance With The Devil

Author : Nicholas Clapp
ISBN : 1941384153
Genre : History
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From the prologue - Whether by stagecoach or ankle express, frontier writer and rambler J. Ross Browne explored the nineteenth century West and penned droll accounts of visits to Virginia City. On his first, heading east from San Francisco, he crossed the Sierra Nevada Mountains into the most barren, blasted and horribly desolate country that perhaps the light of heaven ever shone upon. Hed set foot in Territorial Utah, presently to become the Territory, and then the Silver State of Nevada.

A Short History Of Carson City

Author : Richard Moreno
ISBN : 0874178363
Genre : History
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The Montana Vigilantes 1863 1870

Author : Mark C. Dillon
ISBN : 9780874219203
Genre : History
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Historians and novelists alike have described the vigilantism that took root in the gold-mining communities of Montana in the mid-1860s, but Mark C. Dillon is the first to examine the subject through the prism of American legal history, considering the state of criminal justice and law enforcement in the western territories and also trial procedures, gubernatorial politics, legislative enactments, and constitutional rights. Using newspaper articles, diaries, letters, biographies, invoices, and books that speak to the compelling history of Montana’s vigilantism in the 1860s, Dillon examines the conduct of the vigilantes in the context of the due process norms of the time. He implicates the influence of lawyers and judges who, like their non-lawyer counterparts, shaped history during the rush to earn fortunes in gold. Dillon’s perspective as a state Supreme Court justice and legal historian uniquely illuminates the intersection of territorial politics, constitutional issues, corrupt law enforcement, and the basic need of citizenry for social order. This readable and well-directed analysis of the social and legal context that contributed to the rise of Montana vigilante groups will be of interest to scholars and general readers interested in Western history, law, and criminal justice for years to come.

The Complete Nevada Traveler

Author : David W. Toll
ISBN : 0940936127
Genre : Travel
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A guidebook to the wonders of the Silver State. In addition to an introduction to the communities and regions travelers encounter as they move through the state, Toll includes recommendations for his favorite restaurants, lodgings, and entertainments. Distributed for Gold Hill Publishing Company.

Nevada S Virginia Truckee Railroad

Author : Stephen E. Drew
ISBN : 9781439644935
Genre : Transportation
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The Virginia & Truckee is the most famous short line railroad in American history. Brainchild of William Sharon and the Bank of California, the V&T hauled the silver and gold ore, the cordwood, and the mining timbers that made the 1870s “Big Bonanza” a reality. From the state capital at Carson City, V&T rails stretched 66 miles to Virginia City, Reno, and Minden, Nevada. Serving the transportation needs of the Comstock’s nearly 40,000 inhabitants, the V&T remained in operation until 1950. The enormously successful railroad paid its early owners handsome dividends. The V&T’s ornate locomotives and cars have starred in hundreds of Hollywood productions and are now preserved in US museums. Since 1976, fourteen miles of the railroad have been restored to operation. The Virginia & Truckee has become an enduring legend.

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