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June 12: King of the Comstock Lode

The Comstock Lode, the first major silver lode found in the U.S., was discovered in Nevada on this date in 1859. Among the miners, engineers and financiers who rushed there were Adoph Sutro, who would eventually become the first Jewish mayor of San Francisco (1895-97). Sutro was a Prussian-born engineer who developed an ore extraction […]

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