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The Ophir, Gould, Curry and Consolidated Virginia mines— those consisting of the "Big Bonanza" of 1873—brought out at least 0 million in mineral deposits and made telecommunications giant John Mackay a virtual overnight millionaire.Word of the discovery spread like wildfire and lured California gold miners in a reverse migration back over the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and within no time, a ramshackle town of tents and shacks was born.When a miner named James Finney, who was more often called "Old Virginny" from his birthplace, dropped a bottle of whiskey on the ground, he christened the newly founded tent-and-dugout town "Old Virginny Town" in honor of himself. By 1862, the population had soared to some 4,000 and would continue to increase over the next decade and a half. Famous men like William Ralston and George Crocker, who would found the Bank of California; Leland Stanford, George Hearst, John Mackay, and William Flood made their fortunes in Comstock mining.The gullible Mc Laughlin and O'Reilly believed him and that assured Henry a place in history when the giant However, the Comstock Lode would not be known for gold, but rather, for its immensely rich silver deposits.Though silver had initially been discovered in 1857 in Nevada by brothers, Ethan and Hosea Grosh, they died before they could record their claims.This Virginia City saloon exhibits ornate details that one can still see in the surviving businesses in the National Historic Landmark district.Although the Sutro Tunnel, completed in 1878, never served the pivotal function for the Comstock Mining District that Adolph Sutro imagined, it remained a bustling business throughout the nineteenth century.Virginia City was incorporated under the Utah Territory in 1861.Early in their history, Virginia City and its southern neighbor, Gold Hill, grew until they met at a place known as the Divide.Soon mansions, imported furniture and fashions from Europe, and the finest in food, drink and entertainment were commonplace.Gold Hill was a working-class neighborhood with some of the most prosperous mines of the Comstock.