Chollar–Potosi Mining Co.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 39° 18.171 W 119° 39.129
11S E 271311 N 4353738
This Historical Marker is mounted on a steel post on the east side of D Street just north of the Chollar Mansion in Virginia City, Nevada.
Waymark Code: WMFM6M
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 11/02/2012
Published By:Groundspeak Charter Member Uncle Alaska
Views: 3

Comstock Historical Landmark No. 6

Chollar–Potosi Mining Co.
615 South F Street, Virginia City, NV

Founded by William “Billy” Chollar (pronounced collar) in 1859, the original Chollar claim was 1,400 feet in length and 400 feet in width. In 1861, the nearby Potosi mine discovered an ore body that dipped into the Chollar and brought suit to recover it. Later, when the Chollar found rich ore that reached into the Polosi and filed suit, it started one of the costliest litigation cases in Comstock history. Eventually 1.3 million was expended in court costs defending these cases.

[Photograph of mine surface buildings]

In April, 1865 the two companies merged to form the Chollar–Potosi Mining Co. It was the first mine on the Comstock to generate electric power.

Total production was $17 million from 1861 to the 1920’s, making it the 5th largest producer in Comstock history. In 1963, the Chollar opened to the public and began conducting mine tours during Spring and Summer months.

This marker sponsored by Marshall Earth Resources, Hugh Roy Marshall, Virginia City, Nevada. 2009

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