The COMSTOCK LODE is one of the most important mining discoveries in American history. It was the first major silver discovery in United States and of the total ore taken from the area, approximately 57% of it was silver and the remaining 42% was that of metal. The discovery of Comstock Lode contributed to NEVEDA’s STATEHOOD IN 1864. It is located under what is now Virginia City, Nevada.
U.S. Geological Survey maps of the shafts and tunnels of the Comstock mines, published in 1881. The different colors used indicate each separate hundred feet of depth. From the David Rumsey collection in the Harvard University digital map library http://vc.lib.harvard.edu/vc/deliver/~maps/012019310
Great Places in America: Top 10 Streets Virginia City, NV outside of Reno: The legacy of the miners and prospectors remains along C Street where wooden-plank walkways, gas street lamps, historic buildings with awnings, and swinging saloon doors harken back to the time of the discovery of the Comstock Lode.