Tonopah Bonanza from Butler, Nevada on July 28, 1906 · 1
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Tonopah Bonanza from Butler, Nevada · 1

Butler, Nevada
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Saturday, July 28, 1906
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1 Official Paper of Nye County. Hai Largest Grculatton Devoted to the Interests of , , . . j ; Nye County and it Mines VOL. VI. i : TONOPAH, NEVADA. SATURDAY. JULY, 28, 1906 NO. 6 NEVADA GOLD SIGHT COMPANY A Company to Derelop a Choice Piece of Ground Near Eden M. T. Rowland, an eastern capitalist who spent a couple of months in this section early last spring and who re-turned East in May to complete the organization of a company to take over and develop a choice piece of ground in the vicinity of Eden, in the Kawich range, returned to Tonopah Wednesday night. He was quite successful on his mission and succeeded in organizing the Nevada Gold Sight mining company, with the following officers: M. T. Rowland, president and general manager, Wm. M. Traver of Nebraska, Charles D. Young of Bartellsville, Indian Territory and Henry Schmidt of Tonopah, directors. Mr. Rowland will put eight men to work on the property next Tuesday and expects to do 400 feet of develop-work before the first of next January. The property has been known for some time as the Samsel & Smith ground and the splendid showings on it have attracted considerable attention. It is not very far from where the new smelter will be built. Pure Gold In Mustang Extension Mustang Extension, which has produced probably the richest gold ore which has ever been seen in Manhattan or Nevada, as related in these columns two weeks age, says the Manhattan News, Is assuming the position of one ef the great mines of the camp as development work continues. In shaft No. 1 the three-inch vein that yields the fabulously valuable ore, which is at times more than half gold, has been opened up deeper than 60 feet and has been blocked out for 60 feet to the north of the shaft. The property of the company constitutes a vortex into Green Water and Columbus Districts Lige Harris, who has been around town for the last couple of days, went to Greenwater Thursday to negotiate for the sale of some claims there in which he, together with E. R. Mariott and Adolph Roland own. " I don't pretend to be a more far-seeing individual than the next man," said Mr. Harris, " but still I bank considerably upon my judgment I was in the Greenwater country about two years ago and believed then as I do now that it is destined to become the greatest camp in that part of the country. As soon as I close up my affairs in Greenwater I intend to return to the Columbus mining district where I am largely interested and center all my attention on that country." When asked for more details regarding the Columbus district Mr. Harris continued: "Columbus is situated about fifty miles west of Tonopah seven miles from Coaklale Station and about three miles from Rock siding on the Goldfield & Tonopah railroad. Iam interested in the Columbus district to the extent of about 30 Odd claims consisting of nine groups and you may be sure that I am not pending my time and money in de UNDERTAKING AT SILVER PEAK Martin L. Effinger, whose syndicate recently ihelled out $750,000 for the old Blsir mines at Silver Peak, and which equipping them at a cost of $300,000, was in Salt Lake recently and after a consultation with engineers there, according to a dispatch of the 24th, returned to the diggings again. In the cryBtalization of an undertaken which its originators are expending so much, Effinger reports fine progress. The tramway over which the ores are w be forwarded from the gold-bearing Properties to stamps of the mill has Men decided on with the Burvey completed, while for the mill a site has Men selected. The survey for an independent line railway between a station on the f onopah diviBion and the mill, and over which the bullion is to be dispatch, has Been completed, while work is ready to which the south dipping formation of the Union No. 9, Little Grey and Wolf-tone, and the north dipping formation of the Mustangr Thanksgiving, Orphan ana forked stick, are irathered. and shaft No. 2 has been sunk with a view toward reaching the richer portions of the vein which enter the vortex. That shaft today is within a foot or two of Dea rock, and it is surnificant that the float being taken away from the shaft is identical with that which is being worked on the Union No. 9 and Little Grey properties. The justification of the management's expectations lies in the liberal quantities of gold which are visible in every oanninir taken from the rock and gravel which is being hoisted, and the character of the mine is typified In the thorough and workmanlike manner at which the shafts are timbered and the hoist erected. Two crews are beine worked, so as to continue the development in the lower shaft simultaneous with the extraction of the high, grade in shaft No. 1. This is doubtless the only mine which has shipped considerable, quantities of its ore from Manhattan tq Tonopah by automobile, as occurred recently when several hundred pounds of its richest ore was taken to Tonopah on several trips in the motorcar of its president and principal stockholder, T. A.i A. Megiried. r or this mine the future is radiant. In Utah. The Deseret News of Salt Citv of last Monday has the following item: vy. J. Douglass and J. w. Mcquillan, prominent Tonopah mining operators, are in the city today. The came east last week to attend the Elk's reunion at Denver, and are now on their way nome, out will go via Butte, Fort-land and San Francisco. Thev will be joined here in a day or two by Frank Golden and J. H. Reilly, also identified extensively with mining pursuits in Nevads. Messrs. Douglass and Mc- ?uillan both made fortunes out of the onopah Midway mine in which they are still extensively interested. Diamond field Looking Well. A. McMillan, who has been manaarim? a mine at Diamondfield for the United Tonopah and Goldfield Mining company arrived in Tonopah Monday. He is also heavily interested in the Southern Nevada Mining company at Goldfield. He says things are looking very bright at Diamondfield. veloping those properties for rrfy health There is no disguising the fact that Columbus' future looks bright, why shouldn't it? It has so many advantages over camps that are being so much talked about For instance we we are only three miles from the railroad, a 10-8 tamp mill will be in operation in about 60 days which we will enlarge as conditions warrant, and we have fuel and water at hand; last, but certainly not least, we have the large bodies of ore and a showing most gratifying. We have just organized the Columbus-Tonopah Mining Company of which I am the president The company is composed of conservative Eastern and Hawaiian business men. We have 3000 tons of ore on the dump and should be able to pay a dividend in from 30 to 60 days after the mill gets started. ' ' Mr. Harris stated that he, with Adolph Roland and E. R. Marriott of San Francisco, was Interested in the Copper Summit and gila groups at Columbus both of which groups are considered to be among the very best in that district. Ore of the Copper Summit group carrying 33 per cent copper. begin on the pumping station from which the waters are to be sent to the plant. All this has been done, since the deal for the mines was consummated and with the equipments completed the management is convinced that the Blair mines will earn a place among the most productive in the state. To supply the plant it is said that there is exposed in the properties of the company many thousands of tons of ore. In the same locality the O'Meara-Lynch syndicate is developing properties for which a mill has been ordered and that the camp is to be made one of the most productive in Nevada is quite positively assured at this hour. A Huge Holler The largest boiler ever hauled into Tonopah was brought in Sunday evening, consigned to the King Ophir mine, opposite California Heights, a Bhort distance south of town, of which D. F. McCarty is superintendent and also one of the owners. The boiler and appurtenances were loaded on trucks, drawn by 20 mules. The Whittenberg & Mc-Quillen Transfer company delivered the ponderous consignment on the premises and the undertaking was by no means asmall one. RHYOLITE'S GREAT FUTURE It Will Ultimately Surpass the Expectations of Its Warmest Friends. There are many examples of the wonderful energy of the people who f ollovr the mining industry in this state,' but no place furnishes a more striking one than does Rhyolite, the busy little city situated on the extreme northern edge of the Amargosa desert The remarkable changes that have come over Rhyolite during the past year are the talk of every recent visitor to the Bullfrog district, who was also a visitor there in the first stages of the camp's development, and are, because of this fact, well fitted to draw comparison. One) cannot meet a man who is up from Rhyhlite, and ask how things are in the southern country, without being told that " things are hnmmlng. " The reasons for this change are obvious when one thinks of the spirit of the men who devote their lives to seeking in the rock-ribbed recesses of the desert country for mineral wealth. Less than two years ago, when the Bullfrog district first attracted the attention of the mining world, and the pioneers pitched their tents on the bleak side of Bonanza Mountain, the conditions these men faced would have appalled any other class of men than those who follow1 mining. The apparently insurmountable conditions that then existed were, however, looked upon as part of the game, and the way that these same conditions were overcome and mastered will stand as a monument to their efforts. The growth, prosperity, and the present activity of the town of Rhyolite (at a time of year when, on account of summer heat, conditions are hardest) is ample evidence of what the application of the true Nevada spirit has and will accomplish. A year and a half ago, when the settlement (then known as Bullfrog) was started along the base of Bonanza Mountain, the hoot of the loeamotive and the glisten of the steel rails was far removed from this now active district One hundered and one long weary miles to the north was Tonopah and its railroad, 125 tortuous miles to the south lay Las Vegas and the Salt Lake road. Supplies to the new camp had to come from one of these two named points. The nature of the intervening country made teaming costly, and the long haul prevented anything of a perishable nature being brought in. The most staple necessities were scarce. One year ago we know that conditions were somewhat improved, but at that time living in the Bullfrog district was more of an existence than otherwise. Accommodations for man and beast were of the poorest Tents furnishod ameager retreat from the down beat ORE SHIPMENTS The ore shipments via the Tonopah railroad for the week ending yesterday were as follows: Tonopah Mining Company, 970 tons; Montana, 145 tons; Tonopah Extension, 650 tons; Belmont, 180 tons; McNamara a . It: J a. nr - k . tuns; auuway, iw ions; west .na, JOHNNIE MINING DISTRICT Johnnie, Nev.. July 17. 1906 The scarcity of labor is the puzzling question to the leasers and they are considering the advisability of one of their number going to the north to engage the services of practical miners. The showing some of the leasers have made in the past week far exceeded their expectations and they are now in a position where they cannot work their leases to full advantage owing to lack of men. The camp has been very active, in fact it never was so lively before. The weather has been verv good for during the past week the dis trict has been visited daily by a mild storm and a Blight rainfall, which, while it caused washouts at distant points, simply cooled the atmosphere here and permitted more than the usual surface work. The leasers colony in American gulch, where the famous Minnie Mae is located is srrowincr and the latest addi tions are E. C. Tilsey and C. H. Smith, who have signed for a strip of ground between the Bennett and Browns leases, Simon Beaurogard, who has taken 200 feet of Fraction No. 2 adjoining the Bowler lease on the south, and John Beaurogard who leased the northern 200 feet of the Minnie Mae claim. of the sun, and horses and burros were left entirely exposed ro the heat. Water, such as it was, was hauled from sources four to six miles distant, and ice was unknown. There was not a wooden building in the camp worthy of the name, and the hotel consisted of a big tent, in which the cooking was also done. Needless to say, the guests spent very little time in this style of hostelry. And what are conditions there today? Rhyolite can boast and justly of three water systems, owned by as many companies, which furnish both the business and residence sections with as fine water, in ample quantities, as can be found in any desert town in the state. Wood and stone buildings line its broad streets. Unremitting care is exercised to keep the whole town in a good sanitary conditions. Hotel accommodations are ample at the present time, and in the near future Rhyolite will have a stone hotel building that will be the envy of all the Southern Nevada camps. Taking it all in all the protection and comfort for dwellers in and visitors to Rhyolite are second to none of the newer and few of the older camps of the state. There is no doubt but that Rhyolite has suffered considerably from the reports of conditions in the camp which were made on the outside by those who visited it during the summer of last year. The reputation of Rhyolite on this account has not been the best but those who have made trips to the camp within the last few months have reported such favorable conditions that the effect of the adverse is fast becoming eradicated. Credit is due in no small measure to the board of trade of Rhyolite, with its 200 rustling members, for the building up of Rhyolite, s reputation as a town of modern conveniences and metropolitan conditions. Of course the only excuse for the existence of the town of Rhyolite is the rapid development of the mines of the Bullfrog district which surround it and a word as to what is being done in this line may not be amiss. At the present time the mines of the Bullfrog district have reached a stage of development that establishes their permanence beyond the peradventure of a doubt As soon as the last rail is laid into Rhyolite by the Las Vegas and Tonopah railroad, now operating to a point only 18 miles distant and will be finished before the expiration of 60 days, at least six mines will be ready with shipments of ore, and will continue to be steady shippers thereafter. Mines which will be sure shippers from vo ions. The Beaurogards have been very successful and the colors they obtained have decided them to sink the coming week. On the Tilsey and Smith lease, although they have obtained several good hornings, a little work will have to be done before the most advantageous . point of entrance can be decided upon. The Browne lease is looming up as a rival to the Bowler lease and from a new chute, he discovered in shaft No. 1. he obtained lust as srood values an ever were received from the Bowler lease. The new strike shows little more iron but otherwise is the same formation as on the Bowler lease, Work has been stopped in shaft No. 2 and No. 3 until more miners can be hired and Browne has commissioned Bowler, who intends to sra to Rullfmcr to engage men for him. Until they arrive work will be. confined to stoping the new pay chute. Browne has five tons ready, he will ship on the first car going out. The Bowler is holding out just as good as ever. Three shafts are now in shipping ore. From shaft No. 1 an east drift has been run to connect with No. 2 shaft. In tracing the rich ledge it was discovered that it ran southeast the start and for years to come are the Gibraltar, Shoshone Montgomery, Gold Bar, Polaris, Eclipse and Denver. In addition to these there are at least a dozen others that have reached such a point of development that it will be but a short time before they also will be placing ore on the cars. In this class may be said to be the Bullfrog National Bank, Original Bullfrog, Rush, Golden Scepter, Bonanza Moun tain Mining company, Montgomery Mountain Mining company, . Pilot, North Star and several others. Outside of what the producing mines oi tne ouiiirog district mean to Rhyo lite there are other conditions that will make the town forge ahead in popula tion and prosperity; these conditions will arise from the adjoining mining districts that radiate from and are tributary to the Bullfrog district and its leading town. Chief, among these are the Transvaal, Lee, Emigrant Springs and Greenwater. The Trans vaal has already set men agog over its remarkable surface showings of free gold. The Lee and Emigrant Springs districts are attracting much attention by their splendid showing and will take a rear seat to no rivals if they meet the expectations of those that are develop ing properties in them. Of Greenwater, little need be said, as practically the whole of the United States has been told of its marvelous deposits of copper, which are revelations to geol ogists and mining men in general. It can be safely said that outside of the Bullfrog district the Greenwater country will be the scene of the greatest activity in mining circles of Southern Nevada during the coming winter, and the future of this region promises to eclipse all other famous centers of the world. With Rhyolite the natural outfitting place of the Greenwater district, the prosperity of this giant of the desert will increase in the same ratio as does the activity in the copper belt. The question is, "what will be the limit of Rhyolite's future greatness?" The answer, coming from men of repute, who are familiar with every foot of the district is "Rhyolite will surpass the expectations of her warmest friends." About the Mines in Silver Bow Section W. G. Cook of Silver Bew, was in Tonopah this week, and reports an important find. He says that J. J. Clark, who has a lease on the Raycraf t property, while digging a burro trail from Raycraft's lease to the Midway town- site, about two miies from Silver Bow, uncovered two different ledges one a six-foot ledge which went $87 a ton, and the other a three-foot ledge which went $115,. the assays being made at the Tonopah Assay office. This discovery is on the Raycraf t property and Mr. Clark and associates immediately took a lease on the three-foot ledge and has commenced development work on the same in sinking. On the old Raycraft mine, being operated by Ray- craft and partners, they are taking out and shipping ore regularly to Reno, Mr. Cook bnngmg in 26 sacks Friday which went $370 per ton. Another shipment, a four-horse load, was made this week. They are working four and then suddenly turned at almost right angles in an easterly direction and at this angle shaft No. 3 was sunk and at the depth of seven feet shipping ore was encountered. Shaft No. 3 will from present indications be worked independently from the other two. Bowler has about 20 tons ready which he will ship just as soon as he returns from his northern trip. The telephone company is now stringing a wire which will connect the town and the principal mines direct with the Western Union wires. At present the Western Union wires are at Johnnie Siding which is about 12 miles from here but the company intends to bring them in closer touch. A central office will be established at Johnnie which will transact all the business in the vicinity. The line will be extended through Pahrump, Manse, Sandy across the country into Leestock and Searchlight. ' The Johnnie Townsite company is putting in an improved water system, and for that purpose has imported 5,000 feet of pipe which will be laid in addition to the six and a half line already down. Grape Vine and Horse Shootem springs will be developed and this will furnish an inexhaustible supply. Those tired and aching feet are in- stantly relieved bv the use of Miners e use of Miners isr package, and Foot Iowder: 2Jm nar rtnrltacra nnA sold only at the Miners' Drug 'store (Inc.), Golden block. WINCFIELD DEVELOPING Raising and drifting in the Shaft Continnes and a New Eoist . is Expected Daily. The road being built on theWinfield property, which will connect with the '' Nevada Hills road at a point where the east end is being worked on that property, is fast being pushed to completion according to a dispatch from Fair-view of the 24th Inst, and it is expected that it will be finished and the means of getting supplies to the mine greatly ' facilitated. Raising and drifting in the shaft continues, and the new hoist is expected to arrive any day. When the road is completed and the hoist is . installed sinking will be pushed. Three shifts are to be put to work and the shaft will be sunk to a depth of 100 feet . more, when drifting and crosscutting will be resumed. On the Lena No. 8 the main tunnel is in to a depth of 90 feet and considerable lead matter has been encountered in a broken up condition. It is expected that the main lead will be cut any day, and when this is done the work of drifting will be commenced. On tunnel No. 3 the work of drifting on the vein is in progress and some fairly ' good values have been had from this tunnel. The drift in tunnel No. 2, which is a crosscut tunnel, is being run in on the rhyolite dyke, which crops on the surface. Good headway is being made on this work. Operations on the Wing- field property are increasing as each week goes by. Some good shipping ore has been found in the east end of Boulder No. 8, which not only pans but shows free . gold in considerable quantity. This find was made on the around formerly operated by lessees, and which adds to , our belief that the Wingfield property will soon be added to the list ef ship pers, i men but the force will be augmented as necessity requires. On the Black Horse, being operated by Messrs. Cook & Fausey, sinking is going on. The shaft is down 15 feet, showing a ledge four feet in width with an average sample, taken at the Tonopah Assay office, of $177.17. The management proposes to continue sinking and has every hope of a permanent mine. A Huntington roller mill is on the premises which- has been running since the first of the month, but as this is not a mill calculated to save the silver values, it is proposed to put in a stamp mill which will Bave the silver, of which the ore carries a good percentage. Three men are at present working but more will soon be added. This mill is owned by the Blue Horse Mining company, a San Francisco corporation. At this mine they are working 10 or 12 men and are hauling ore regularly to the mill for reduction, the mill being situated about a mile and a half from the mine. MORE RICH ORE IN THE BOOTH Another rich strike of high-grade milling ore has been made on the 200 and 275 foot levels of the Booth mine at Goldfield this week and there has been a big bemand for stock in consequence. There is little or no stock for sale even at 52 cents the figure jumped to from 39 cents on Thursday. This property is one of the best in the Goldfield district. It has been proven to the satisfaction of everyone that the famous rich Red Top ledge runs through the Booth claim. The rompany is sacking ore from the 200 and 275 foot levels which is of a high-grade milling character. Alina Copper Mines Frank B. Work of Tonopah returned last Tuesday from Mina, whither he had gone to attend to a matter of sur veying which is being done on the Copper Contact Mine preparatory to the application for a mineral patent on the property. This mine is owned principally by Salt Lake parties. The outlook for copper mining in that locality, he says, was never better. Trib cures bruises ana sprains. c ti ) i V' r U

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