|Pages/Publication Date:||468 / 2018|
When he heard of riches found on the other side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1859, penniless prospector John W. Mackay walked 100 miles to the Comstock Lode in Nevada. Over the course of the next dozen years, Mackay seized control of the most concentrated cache of precious metals ever found on Earth, the legendary "Big Bonanza." Discovered 1500 feet beneath the streets of Virginia City, the ore had to be found, claimed, and successfully extracted, each step requiring enormous risk and the creation of an entirely new industry. In this biography of Mackay, Gregory Crouch tells the amazing story of how this fair, principled businessman succeeded against the odds and used his vast mining fortune to crush Jay Gould's transatlantic telegraph monopoly.