“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Hale & Norcross Mining Co.

Comstock Historical Marker No. 11


—South D Street, Virginia City, NV —

Hale & Norcross Mining Co. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2011
1. Hale & Norcross Mining Co. Marker
Inscription. Founded in 1859, the Hale & Norcross contained about 400 feet of original Comstock Lode located between the Savage and Chollar Mines. In 1868, a fierce stock battle was waged for ownership over this property. At the time, the mine was thought to be barren and was in the hands of William Sharon and the Bank of California (Wm. Ralston). Local miners John Mackay and James Fair were convinced the mine had been poorly managed, but would produce good ore if properly worked. The two formed an alliance with former San Francisco saloon owners James Flood and William O’Brien, and with $50,000 of borrowed money secretly began buying Hale & Norcross stock. Sharon, known as the “King of the Comstock” was rarely bested in mining matters, but was caught napping when the stock raid took place. At the annual stockholders meeting on March 10, 1869, the four men now known as the Bonanza Firm, holding a majority of the stock elected themselves trustees of the Hale & Norcross Company. The gamble had paid off and the four netted over $500,000 from this deal alone.

Their biggest victory however, came four years later with the discovery of the Big Bonanza in 1873. In 1875, the Hale & Norcross in conjunction with the Savage and Chollar-Potosi mines sank a large four compartment shaft known as the Combination Shaft, to explore the Comstock
Combination Shaft image. Click for full size.
August 25, 2009
2. Combination Shaft
As noted in the marker text.
Lode at a greater depth, but the operation proved to be of little value. Today remnants of the Combination Shaft can be seen to the east of Virginia City. Total production from the Hale & Norcross from the years of 1875 to 1826 yielded $10.1 million ($17,600,000.00 in today’s dollars.
Erected 2009 by Marshall Earth Resources, Roy Marshall and the Comstock Historical Society. (Marker Number 11.)
Location. 39° 18.266′ N, 119° 39.081′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on South D Street. Touch for map. Marker is located near the Mackay Mansion. 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. Savage Mining Co. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Savage Mansion (c. 1861) (about 300 feet away); Engineering Marvels on the Comstock (about 500 feet away); Chollar – Potosi Mining Co. (about 500 feet away); Mackay Mansion (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Mackay Mansion (about 500 feet away); Gould & Curry Offices (about 500 feet away); C. J. Prescott House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
Additional keywords. Comstock Lode
Categories. Industry & CommerceNatural Resources
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