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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 15, April 13, 2008, Article 10

NEVADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ACQUIRES COMSTOCK LODE LETTERS

[Angela Carter of Holabird-Kagin Americana forwarded the
following press release. -Editor]

Holabird-Kagin Americana is sponsoring the Nevada Historical
Society's celebration of the acquisition of the original Grosh
Brothers Letters. The event will be held at 1650 N. Virginia
Street in Reno, NV on April 16, 2008 at 6:00pm. Grosh family
descendents Charles Wegman and Naomi Thompson will be in
attendance. Fred Holabird was instrumental in the location
of the letters and in their acquisition by the state. These
letters have returned home after more than a century and a
half, and now will be on public display.

For more information, please call the Society at 775-688-1190
Or Fred Holabird at 775-852-8822

[The Grosh brothers were miners working in California and
what is now  Nevada, and in 1857 they discovered what later
became known as the Comstock Lode, the greatest find of silver
in history.  That silver fueled the Mints in Carson City and
San Francisco for generations. -Editor]

Former Eldorado County Museum director Denis Witcher, who was
instrumental in finding the letters, said in 1997, "The
description of life in the camps is just nonpareil. I've
never read anything like them."

Historian Eliot Lord later wrote, referencing Henry Comstock,
"The Grosh brothers died on the very threshold of fortune. .
Their years of patient and intelligent search were therefore
fruitless, and it was left for a lazy, drunken prospector to
stumble upon the prize for which the brothers had striven."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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