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

Chollar – Potosi Mining Co.

Comstock Historical Landmark No. 6

 

—615 South F. Street, Virginia City, NV —

 
Chollar – Potosi Mining Co. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
1. Chollar – Potosi Mining Co. Marker
Inscription. Founded by William “Billy” Chollar (pronounced collar) in 1859, the original Chollar claim was 1,400 feet in length and 400 feet in width. In 1861, the nearby Potosi mine discovered an ore body that dipped into Chollar and brought suit to recover it. Later, when Chollar found rich ore that reached into the Polosi and filed suit, it started one of the costliest litigation cases in Comstock history.
Eventually 1.3 million was expended in court costs defending these cases.

In April, 1865 the two companies merged to form the Chollar – Potosi Mining Co. It was the first mine on the Comstock to generate electric power.
Total production was $17 million from 1861 to the 1920’s, making it the 5th largest producer in Comstock history. In 1963, the Chollar opened to the public and began conducting mine tours during Spring and Summer months.
 
Erected 2009 by Marshall Earth Resources, Hugh Roy Marshall, Virginia City, Nevada. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Location. 39° 18.186′ N, 119° 39.117′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on South D Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the Chollar Mansion
The Chollar Mansion and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
2. The Chollar Mansion and Marker
Marker is located off photo to the left.
at 565 South D Street. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Engineering Marvels on the Comstock (here, next to this marker); Fourth Ward School (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Fourth Ward School (within shouting distance of this marker); Mackay Mansion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Mackay Mansion (about 300 feet away); Gould & Curry Offices (about 300 feet away); C. J. Prescott House (about 300 feet away); Combination Shaft (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Regarding Chollar – Potosi Mining Co.. The Chollar Mansion was built in 1861 and served as the original business office of the Chollar Gold & Silver Mining Company until 1870, when it also became the mine superintendent's personal residence.

The Mansion is a Virginia City Landmark and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 5, 1993.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Chollar Mansion. History of the Mansion (Submitted on August 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. The Chollar Mansion
Chollar Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
3. Chollar Mansion
It is reported that prior to moving to this location this view of Mansion was the rear of the building. When building was moved down the hill this became the front and the original front of building became the rear.
. The mansion was originally commissioned by Billy Chollar, the discoverer of the Chollar Silver Lode in 1861. Shortly thereafter, he lost both his mine and his home to the newly established Bank of California, and left Virginia City in 1862. (Submitted on August 31, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Comstock Lode
 
Categories. Natural ResourcesNotable BuildingsNotable Places
 
North Side of Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
4. North Side of Mansion
Detail of Chimneys on South End of Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 25, 2009
5. Detail of Chimneys on South End of Building
Fourth Ward School and The Chollar Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 25, 2009
6. Fourth Ward School and The Chollar Mansion
The Chollar Mansion image. Click for full size.
Office of Historic Preservation, March 1993
7. The Chollar Mansion
A National Register of Historic Places Photo
The Chollar Mansion image. Click for full size.
Office of Historic Preservation, March 1993
8. The Chollar Mansion
A National Register of Historic Places Photo.
The Chollar Mansion National Register of Historic Places Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
9. The Chollar Mansion National Register of Historic Places Marker
Close-Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
10. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
Looking South down F Street
Six Mile Canyon, From Office of Chollar Works - Desert in the Distance image. Click for more information.
By Lawrence & Houseworth, publisher., circa 1866
11. Six Mile Canyon, From Office of Chollar Works - Desert in the Distance
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
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Chollar Mining Works, Virginia City, Nevada image. Click for more information.
By Lawrence & Houseworth, publisher., circa 1866
12. Chollar Mining Works, Virginia City, Nevada
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
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The Chollar Raise image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 9, 2009
13. The Chollar Raise
This marker is located directly across the street from the Fourth Ward School on C Street - West of Chollar Mansion:
Chollar Raise
New Salvage Mine
United Mining Corp.

Depth: 320', Size: 6' x 18'
75,000 Board Ft. of Timber Used
7 Months in Const.
Dedicated Aug.8, 1981 by Sen. H. Cannon
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,418 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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