Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Consolidated Virginia & California Pan Mill
Upper end of Six Mile Canyon (Mill Street), Virginia City
—Comstock Historical Marker No. 12 —
The California Pan Mill was the largest mill ever built on the Comstock and consisted of 80 stamps, 46 pans, 20 settlers and 4 agitators with a capacity of processing 380 tons of ore a day. The Con Virginia & California Pan Mills worked the ore by a method known as the Washoe Pan Process. An amalgam of ore, salt, copper sulfate and mercury were used to separate the gold and silver from worthless pulp. Heat was later applied to cook off the mercury. The process did not always collect all the gold and silver, and up to 15 and 20 percent of the values remained in the pans that went into the coffers of the Bonanza Firm.
[Left] Consolidated Virginia Pan Mill, [Right] Inside the California Pan Mill.
Erected 2009 by Marshall Earth Resources, Hugh Marshall, Virginia City,
Location. 39° 18.73′ N, 119° 38.843′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on E Street. Touch for map. This marker is in or near the Silverland Inn and Suites parking lot on E Street, between Union and Sutton Streets. 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. V & T, 1869 - 1950 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Big Bonanza (within shouting distance of this marker); C & C Mining Works (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Virginia and Truckee Railroad (about 500 feet away); Ships of the Nevada Desert (about 500 feet away); Chinatown (about 500 feet away); St. Mary Louise Hospital (about 500 feet away); Red Dog Saloon (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
Also see . . . . (Submitted on December 2, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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