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University of Nevada Press Reno & Las Vegas RONALD M. JAMES AND THE • • A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode Winner of the Wilbur S. Shepperson Humanities Book Award for 1998 This book is the recipient of the Wilbur S. Shepperson Humanities Book Award, which is given annually in his memory by the Nevada Humanities Committee and the University of Nevada Press. One of Nevada’s most distinguished historians, Wilbur S. Shepperson was a founding board member and longtime supporter of both organizations. Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in History and Humanities Editor: Jerome E. Edwards This book was funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Humanities Committee, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities University of Nevada Press, Reno, Nevada 89557 usa Copyright © 1998 by University of Nevada Press All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America Designer: Carrie Nelson House Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data James, Ronald M. (Ronald Michael), 1955– The roar and the silence : a history of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode / Ronald M. James. p. cm.— (Wilbur S. Shepperson series in history and humanities) Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn 0-87417-320-5 (alk. paper) 1. Virginia City (Nev.)—History. 2. Comstock Lode (Nev.)—History. 3. Mines and mineral resources—Nevada—Virginia City—History. I. Title. II. Series: Wilbur S. Shepperson series in history and humanities (Unnumbered) f849.v8j35 1998 98-19342 979.3'56—dc21 cip The paper used in this book meets the requirements of American National Standard for Information Sciences— Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ansi/niso z39.48-1992 (r2002). Binding materials were selected for strength and durability. 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 isbn -13: 978-0-87417-320-8 Forfour teachers who made a difference (in the order ofthe lessons they gave): Richard W James, Helga L. Pennington, Robert E. Diamond, and Sven S. Liljeblad. Thanksfor working with unshaped clay. ...


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