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Christopher Houston “Kit” Carson: Mountain Man & Guide for John C. Fremont. John C. Fremont. Fremont’s Contributions to our area: Realized water in Nevada drained inward, named Great Basin Named Pyramid Lake due to large rock formation
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Not so Fun Fact:
Beckwourth died by eating poisoned food from the Crow Indians, who had named Beckwourth a chief. They allegedly killed him so his spirit would always be with them.
Fun Fact: While Trapping along the Humboldt River, Odgen and his men trapped up to 60 beaver PER DAY!!!
After a Grizzly Bear ripped part of Jedediah’s scalp and ear, he had it sewed back on by one of his men!!!
Jedediah Smith died at the age of 32 after being attacked by Indians!!
Large SILVER strike discovered on Gold Hill near what became Virginia City in 1859. Led to the Rush to Washo that brought thousands to Virginia City and made it the 2nd largest city west of the Mississippi.
I Found the Silver
And they named it after me!
Comstock took credit for finding whaat two men (McLaughlin and O’Riley) actually found
A Paiute Indian, who fought for Native American rights throughout her life. She also opened numerous schools for Native Americans in Nevada.
Life of the Paiutes:
Their Wrongs and Claims
Spoke 5 Languages
Did You Know:
Sarah gave over 400 speeches around the
country about Native Rights
Statue of Sarah
Winnemucca in Capitol
Building in Wash. DC
First permanent white settlement in Nevada, Mormon Station was a stop for settlers traveling on the California Trail and is located in present day Genoa at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
I can make some $$ selling goods to emigrants!!
John Reese took 10 wagons of goods to sell from Salt Lake
Square-set timbering helped to prevent mine
cave-ins. It framed wood in rectangular cubes to which more cubes could be added above and to the sides. Allowed Comstock miners to dig deeper than ever before!
Philipp Deidesheimer invented
The Square Set System
Did you Know:
Lake Tahoe’s Trees
built the Square Sets
Used NO NAILS!!
Four businessmen and miners who came to dominate Virginia City and the Comstock Lode after striking the “Big Bonanza,” a huge vein of silver and gold. In all, the four shared about
John William Mackay,
James Graham Fair,
James Clair Flood and
William Shoney O’Brien
John Mackay gave $$ to UNR and his statue is on the Quad
Virginia City . .Then & Now
Rhyolite, Nevada 1908
Term used to describe the cycle of mining towns: a quick boom when gold or silver is found (BOOMTOWNS) leading to a large population, followed by an economic downturn when the Gold & Silver run out, and the population collapses (Ghost Towns)
Virginia City Example
Population in 1867 = 30,00 Population Today = 1,000
I appointed him!