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Period Pocket Note with Names of Ophir Mining Claim Locators and others Acquainted with its Story (

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Period Pocket Note with Names of Ophir Mining Claim Locators and others Acquainted with its Story  (
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Names of the locators of the Ophir Mining Company claims Manny Penrod, Patrick McGlaughlin [sic] and HTP Comstock." Other acquainted with this curious story were: EJ Scott, John Bishop, Henderson, Joe Webb, JF Rodgers, Joe Plato and Sandy Bowers! This is a veritable Who's Who of early Virginia City Mining! Comstock was the namesake of the area. McLaughlin, Penrod and Comstock are mentioned as pre-silver discovery miners at Johntown. Bowers was there also. He would become the Comstock's first millionaire and build Bower's Mansion. Bishop and Rogers were original claimants of the Yellow Jacket. Bishop was the original claimant of the California. Emanual (Manny) Penrod's history of the Ophir discovery on page 56 of Thompson & West's "History of Nevada" gives great insight on why one might want to know the owners and others that might know the story. It seems that the original owners were bought out of their land for $50.00. I imagine when they found out just how much the mine was worth, they objected to being treated in an underhand way. This small, almost throw-away, piece of paper has a very important tie to the "Big Discovery" of the Ophir Mine and the beginning of the Comstock. This note was in the same group of items we received that were all Territorial!

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Country (if not USA):
State: Nevada
City/County: Virginia City
Date: c1860