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Mining for Gold (and Silver) in Special Collections by Peter Michel

By Su Kim Chung on March 14, 2017 5:02 AM | Permalink

Above: A view of Tonopah in the early 1900s (Leon Rockwell Collection, PH: 0008-0159)

If March brings to mind the luck of the Irish and a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, it might be a good time to highlight Nevada’s last great Gold Rush, and the towns along the rainbow. Over the years, UNLV Libraries Special Collections has acquired numerous documents and photographs from the great gold and silver mining boom in Tonopah and Goldfield. Selections from many of these collections are accessible online through our Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years digital collection. The history revealed in these collections, of Goldfield and Tonopah and the men who made, and lost their fortunes there, offers researchers new perspectives on an intriguing aspect of turn-of-the century Nevada and the Western frontier.