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

Bonner Shaft of the Gould & Curry Mine

Comstock Historical Marker No. 13

 

—100 Block, South D Street, Virginia City, NV —

 
Bonner Shaft of the Gould & Curry Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2011
1. Bonner Shaft of the Gould & Curry Mine Marker
Inscription. The Bonner shaft was named in honor of mine superintendent, Charles S. Bonner and began operations in the mid-1860s to explore the lower levels of the Gould & Curry Mine. This four compartment shaft reached a depth of almost 700 feet and cost over $75,000 to build. Construction of the shafts consisted of 12 inch timbers installed every 5 ft. and supported by vertical posts the same size. The cribbing was then covered on the outside by 4 inch planks. Wooden or metal guides were then installed down each side to the compartments to hold, and keep, the platform cages in place as they rode up and down the shafts. Construction costs for the Bonner Shaft averaged $109.00 a foot, which included materials used in its operation. The Bonner’s housing works survived the great fire of 1875, but with the decline of mining its machinery was later sold, and the building was eventually scrapped. In October 1992, a sinkhole measuring 40 feet in width and 60 feet in depth opened up at the site caused by an underground flowing water leak and rotting timbers. The Bonner Shaft cave in was filled with a plug consisting of steel and concrete and a cost to Storey County of $250,000, and has been trouble free ever since.
 
Erected 2009 by Marshall Earth Resources, Hugh Marshall and the Comstock Historical Society. (Marker
Bonner Shaft of the Gould & Curry Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2011
2. Bonner Shaft of the Gould & Curry Mine Marker
Mounted on the pole under the Speed Limit Sign.
Number 13.)
 
Location. 39° 18.514′ N, 119° 38.979′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on South D Street near Washington Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 South D Street, Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of Julia C. Bulette (a few steps from this marker); The Great Fire of 1875 (within shouting distance of this marker); V & T Car No. 13 (within shouting distance of this marker); “Sixty-Two” Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Young America Engine Co. No. 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Millionaires Club (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Nevada Bank of San Francisco (about 300 feet away); Col. Morris Pinschower Building (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia City.
 
Additional keywords. Comstock Lode, mining
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2011
3. Photo Displayed on Marker
[Photo caption:]

Looking South down D Street from Washington Street
Foundation of the Bonner Shaft Hoist Works. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2011
4. Foundation of the Bonner Shaft Hoist Works.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 472 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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