Chollar Mine


Useful Information

Location: 615 South F St, Virginia City. Carson River Basin, Storey County, Nevada.
Open: Memorial Day to Labor Day daily. [2006]
Fee: Adults USD 5, Children (4-14) USD 1. Groups (+): Adults USD , Children (4-14) USD . [2006]
Classification: ExplainGold Mine ExplainSilver Mine
Light: electric.
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Guided tours: D=30min, VR=135m.
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Address: Chollar Mine, 615 South F St, Virginia City, Nevada 89440, Tel: +1-775-847-0155.
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History

1859 ores discovered, Chollar mine opened.
1865 consolidated with the Potosi Mine.
1887 Nevada Mill erected to process low-grade Chollar ore.
1940s mine closed.

Geology


Description

There are numerous mines right below the heart of Virginia City, with more than 650km of tunnels. Chollar Mine is one of two which are open to the public. This mine was worked for a lode containing both gold and silver. It was closed when it was mined out, not because of falling metal prices. As a result there is no valuable ore in the mine any more.

The tour descends about 135m below Virginia City, showing numerous aspects of former ore mining. It shows tools, machinery, but also the used techniques for mining and for building support structures. This is completed by many interesting facts of how Virginia City miners lived and died. It also shows the remains of the Comstock Lode, the primary gold bearing lode, after which the area was called Comstock District, or just Comstock.

Chollar Mine is one of the oldest mines of the Colmstock. It was opened later in the same year the ore was discovered. During 80 years of operation the mine produced $17 million in gold and silver. It was named after the discoverer of the Chollar silver lode, Mr. Billy Chollar.