Modern Marvels

Season 3 Episode 3

Silver Mines

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 01, 1995 on The History Channel
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Silver Mines
It was called the "mother lode", a deposit of silver so massive that it would produce $300-million in its first 25 years of operation, establish Nevada as a state, and bankroll the Union Army in the Civil War. Named after an early investor, we'll see how the Comstock Lode, discovered near Virginia City, proved to be a scientific laboratory from which vast improvements in mining technology and safety were pioneered, including innovations in drilling, ventilation, drainage, and ore processing.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Upon hearing news of a strike at the Consolidated Virginia silver mine in 1873, Bismarck ordered Germany off the silver standard.

      • Comstock millionaire John Mackay lamented, "I don't care anymore if I win or lose, and when you can't enjoy winning at poker, there's no fun left in anything."

      • Henry Comstock sold his one-third claim in the Ophir mine to George Hearst for $11,000. It later became the third highest producing mine in the Comstock lode.

      • By 1863, four years after the discovery of silver, the population of Virginia City had grown to almost 10,000, including 215 resident lawyers.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: More than a mile underground, in a maze of tunnels, workers toil in darkness to unearth one of natures most precious resources. While above ground, big boys with big toys seek the same prize in a supersized sandbox. Pulverized, processed and forged, our world wouldn't be the same without this gleaming metal. Now, Silver Mines, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • David Toll
        Nevada Author/Publisher

        Chic Di Francia

        Chris Kiechler
        Mine Operator

        Art Wilson

        Peter G. Leonard
        President, Sutro Tunnel Co.

        Matt Conklin
        Mining Engineer

        George Hearst (archival footage)

        William Randolph Hearst (archival footage)

        Mark Twain (archival footage)

        Adolph Sutro (archival footage)

        Executive Producer: Bob Jaffe
        Producer: Steve Talley
        Writer: Steve Talley
        Supervising Producer: John Drimmer
        Senior Producer: Tim Busa
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Associate Producer: Doug Deluca
        Editor: Rick Moore
        Narrator: Harlan Saperstein
        Post Production Supervisor: Julio Kollerbohm
        Director of Research: Chuck Hayes
        Researcher: Lori Gray Costas
        Researcher: Mila Marvizon
        Show Elements Coordinator: Karen S. Meissner
        Assistant Editor: Marc Cebrian
        Assistant Editor: Jared Bushansky
        Assistant Editor: Maurice Cassamajor
        Camera: Jon Gay
        Audio: Joe Zuccarini
        Visual Coordinator: Carey Ann Strelecki
        Assistant Visual Coordinator: William F. Swift
        Production Accoutant: Wendy Price
        Assistant Production Accountant: Jori Espinosa
        Research Associate: Stacey Luchs
        Productions Assistant: Jason Menz
        Productions Assistant: Toni Gray
        Music: Scott Page-Pagter
        Graphics: Ron Clark
        Graphics: Art F/X
        Assistant to Bob Jaffe: Hay Tanning
        Assistant to Tim Busa: Alexandra Rojas
        Online Editor: Andrew Corwin
        Re-Recording Mixer: Tim Carpenter
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll

        Executive in Charge of Production: Mel A. Bishop
        Vice President, Historical Programming: Charlie Maday
        Coordinator, Documentary Programming: Elyse Miranda
        Executive Producer for Hearst Entertainment Television: Gerald W. Abrams

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