Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
William Wright aka Dan De Quille
May 9, 1829 – March 16, 1898
Worked as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise from 1861 until 1885, re-joined the paper in 1887 and continued working until the paper ceased operation.
While as a reporter he was the author of several books. His most famous was the “Big Bonanza” published in 1876. While the book first met with little success today it is considered one of the foremost written on the Comstock Lode.
Dan De Quille left Virginia City in 1897 to live with his daughter in West Liberty, Iowa. He died in 1898 and is buried there.
June 24, 1994
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 39° 18.606′ N, 119° 38.981′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on C Street (Nevada Route 341), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is mounted on the front of the Territorial Enterprise - Mark Twain Museum Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53 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. The Territorial Enterprise (here, next to this marker); John “Snowshoe” Thompson / James T. Fennimore Mark Twain (here, next to this marker); Virginia City (within shouting distance of this marker); The Delta (within shouting distance of this marker); African Americans And The Boston Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Banner Brothers Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Founders of Julia C. Bulette Chapter (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia City.
Also see . . .
1. Three Historic Nevada Cities - Territorial Enterprise Building. A history of the newspaper with photos of the building. (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Dan De Quille. An Online-Nevada encyclopedia article on Dan De Quille. (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. Frightful Accident To Dan De Quille. A Territorial Enterprise, April 20, 1864 article written by Mark Twain. Mark Twain and Dan De Quille were friends and room-mates. They often wrote humorous spoofs on each other for (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
4. Excerpts from "The Big Bonanza", by Dan De Quille. “Dan DeQuille, William Wright, worked for the Territorial Enterprise during the great rush and development of the Comstock Lode. A hardened and knowledgeable reporter, DeQuille wrote many stories about the mines and activities of Virginia City, Nevada during late 1850s and continuing into the 1870s. He was considered a mining expert by many people, especially the miners themselves, and was invited into all the great mines. The wealth of his information about these great mines was published in the Enterprise's daily paper.” (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
1. Dan DeQuille
Dan DeQuille worked at the Enterprise for over thirty years as editor. During the mining boom years, he was the mining editor, and was in charge of all articles regarding the operation of the mines. He became pretty much an expert at mining operation. The only time he left the Enterprise, was in 1875. He had been asked by John Mackey, James Fair, William Ralston, and Sen. John P. Jones (These guys made millions off the mines.) to write a book on the history of the Comstock Lode. He contacted Mark Twain, who was then residing in Hartford, Conn. on how to go about writing this book. Mark stated that he would write this book under his guidance at his residence in Hartford. Twain wanted to make sure his friend was not going to be bilked out of royalties generated by this book. DeQuille went to Hartford and lived there for a year and a half while he wrote his novel. The novel is called “The Big Bonanza”, and is the only book he wrote. He returned to the Enterprise after completing the book in his old position as editor. “The Big Bonanza” includes a 25 page forward that tells more about DeQuille, and how the novel came about.
Source: Don Harton, Tour Guide, Mark Twain Museum.
— Submitted September 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Additional keywords. Comstock Lode
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