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Comstock Lode

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Definition: Huge silver-mining area near Virginia City, Nevada, that yielded about $300 million in silver and gold ore. The lode was named for Henry Comstock, an investor who, ironically, sold out early and made only a small amount of money. The discovery of the Comstock Lode made people want to go west all over again (after the initial Gold Rush of the 1850s).

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The Westward Movement
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The 19th Century
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The Comstock Lode
Learn all about this famous silver strike.

Map of the Comstock Lode
See where the silver was and who claimed what.

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