Wicked Virginia City (Paperback)

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Perched on the side of a mountain in the Nevada desert, Virginia City existed for one reason only: to make money. The mining frenzy of the mid-nineteenth century uncovered veins of precious metals that would be expressed in billions today, attracting the enterprising madam Cad Thompson, the charismatic highwayman Nickanora and a plethora of swindlers. Miners, flush with their wages, supported a healthy economy of gambling, drinking and prostitution and even launched a few political careers. Sam Clemens, who became Mark Twain while reporting for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, called it the livest town that America had ever produced. Join author Peter B. Mires as he explores the seamy side of this quintessential mining boomtown.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781467144308
ISBN-10: 1467144304
Publisher: History Press
Publication Date: October 5th, 2020
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Wicked