1873 Map / Plan SUTRO Nevada - Mining Camp - Ghost Town

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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 24, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House

You are bidding on this wonderful historical piece.



It is a 40 - 50 year old (my best guess) bookplate print from some sort of historical textbook.

It measures 8 5/16" x 10 5/16".

The image size is approximately 7 x 7 1/4"

T is text on the reverse side but the paper is thick enough that it does not show through to the image side.

I always ship in between cardboard in a clasp envelope. Shipping and Handling is $5.95 for the first piece and an additional $1.50 for each piece tafter.

The images below may seem blurry on your monitor but I assure you they are as clear and crisp as a cold autumn morning

This is the full image:

This is a blown up portion of the image: Adolph Heinrich Joseph Sutro. That name will be forever linked to the history of California and Nevada mining operations. Sutro was a Prussian emigrant who came to America in 1850 at twenty years of age. While in San Francisco, he heard of the new gold rush to Washoe in Nevada. He went t and devised a new and more efficient method for recovery of gold and silver from quartz. Opening his own company, he built mills and roasting ovens and was earning $10,000 a month. But Sutro had a dream. It was to build a horizontal tunnel at a level that would intersect at a point below the deep shafts descending from Virginia City. His logic was to provide an opening to the outside to drain off water, which would lower temperatures, and to provide fresh air to the miners. It was not without considerable difficulty and forceful opposition to the raising of funds for the tunnel project. The most influential foe was the Bank of California. It felt Sutro and his plan for the tunnel would not be in the best interests of the Bank. The Bank had its own plans for the Comstock and Sutro's plan for the tunnel, although beneficial for the miners, was not in the best interest of the Bank. However, on April 7, 1869, a major tragedy occurred in the Yellowjacket mine, a fire that killed forty-five miners. Most died of suffocation. Sutro capitalized by maintaining the tunnel would have provided a means of escape and the tragedy could have been avoided. Finally, events began to go Sutro's way and construction began October 19, 1869. Thirteen years and $5 million dollars later, the tunnel was completed. T's no need to mention how the town of Sutro got its name. But t is need to mention a visit is very worthwhile, although much is on private property and the serious ghost towner must ask for permission at the site before exploring. Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.

The Sutro Tunnel is a drainage tunnel located under the Comstock Lode in Northern Nevada . It begins at Virginia City, Nevada and empties approximately 6 miles southeast at the town of Dayton, Nevada .

The tunnel was first envisioned by Adolph Sutro in 1860. He promoted the drainage tunnel in order to allow access to deeper mineral exploration in the Comstock. Ground water had inhibited some exploration activities up to that time.

By 1865, Sutro's idea had gained the approval of state and federal legislation. The mining interests of the Comstock also initially supported the tunnel project, but later strongly opposed the idea. They feared that an alternate access point to the Comstock minerals would threaten their monopoly on the mining and milling of gold and silver in the Comstock.

Nonetheless, Sutro formed the Sutro Tunnel Company, selling stock certificates to raise funds for its construction, which began in 1869. Financing also came from local miners under the guise of improved mine safety. This was further advocated (perhaps exploited) by Sutro after the Yellowjacket mine disaster w dozens of miners were burned to death because they could not escape the mine.

Arthur De Wint Foote worked on the tunnel in 1873, but was fired in 1874, having struck a flood of water in ...