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Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

William Sharon

1821 – 1885

 
 
William Sharon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
1. William Sharon Marker
Inscription. Managed the Bank of California during the Comstock’s Bonanza period. During this time, he was known as the “King of the Comstock.”

William Sharon was the father of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. He also formed the “Union Mill and Mining Company” and was elected United States Senator in 1875.


Often times disliked by many, William Sharon was one of the major developers of the Comstock Lode.
Julia C. Bullette Chapter #1864
E Clampus Vitus
June 27th 1998 (6003)

 
Erected 1998 by Julia C. Bullette Chapter No.1864, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 18.572′ N, 119° 39.005′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is at the intersection of Taylor Street and South C Street (Nevada Route 341), on the right when traveling east on Taylor Street. Click for map. Marker is located on the corner of the Ponderosa Saloon and Mine Building. The marker faces Taylor Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 South C Street, Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bank of California
William Sharon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 24, 2009
2. William Sharon Marker
View of the marker. Nearby marker Bank of California can be seen facing C Street.
(here, next to this marker); Banner Brothers Building (a few steps from this marker); Col. Morris Pinschower Building (a few steps from this marker); The Nevada Bank of San Francisco (a few steps from this marker); The Millionaires Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Washoe Engine Co. No.4 (within shouting distance of this marker); V & T Car No. 13 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Fire of 1875 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia City.
 
More about this marker. Also see the “Nearby Marker” Bank of California for additional information.
 
Regarding William Sharon. An editorial in The Virginia City Territorial Enterprise greeted William Sharon’s announcement that he would run for the U.S. Senate: “You are probably aware that you have returned to a community where you are feared, hated and despised. . . . Your career in Nevada for the past nine years has been one of merciless rapacity. ...
The Ponderosa Saloon and Mine Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
3. The Ponderosa Saloon and Mine Building
This marker is located just around the corner facing the side street. (Taylor Street)
You cast honor, honesty and the commonest civilities aside. You broke faith with men whenever you could subserve your purpose by so doing.”

Sharon spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the election and lost.

Sharon, as hardheaded as he was hard-hearted, had his sights firmly fixed on Washington. It took several years, the purchase of countless votes, nearly a million dollars placed into the right pockets and buying the Territorial Enterprise before Sharon finally succeeded.
(Source: Titans of Fortune - http://titansoffortune.com/articles/titans/william_sharon_californias_machiavellian_banker)
 
Also see . . .
1. William Sharon. This Online-Nevada Encyclopedia article details William Sharon’s importance in Virginia City during the Comstock Mining Era. (Submitted on August 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Visit Virginia City. Scroll to page 7 to read about William Sharon, The Bank of California and the Union Mill and Mining Co. (Submitted on August 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Additional Historical Markers in HMdb.org
The California 1849 Gold Rush, followed by the Comstock Lode of Nevada brought together several prominent businessmen whose
Sign on Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
4. Sign on Building
dealings were instrumental in both California and Nevada history. There are markers located throughout Northern California and Nevada which commemorate their accomplishments and their collaboration. These include William Sharon, William Ralston, Adolph Sutro and Leland Stanford to name just a few. Subjects include mining, railroads, banking, government and industry.
Be sure to search for these markers within the database to learn more about these individuals.
    — Submitted August 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Additional keywords. Banking, Comstock Mining Area
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural ResourcesNotable Persons
 
William Sharon image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
5. William Sharon
Ponderosa Saloon - Sharon House image. Click for full size.
By Brenton William Cooper
6. Ponderosa Saloon - Sharon House
Marker is mounted on the wall obscured by the two people standing in the street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,146 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on , by Brenton William Cooper(Renodesertfox) of Reno, Nevada. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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