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Register of the Haskin-Tonopah Gold Mine Collection, 1929
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Description
The Haskin/Tonopah Gold Mine Papers consist chiefly of correspondence and clippings pertaining to stock acquisition and ownership change at a particular gold mine near Tonopah, Nevada. The Papers also contain a small file of materials relating to the malpractice investigation of the Pacific Brotherhood Investment Corp.
Background
To virtually "every living Nevadan more than forty years of age, observes the WPA Nevada guide book, "Tonopah stands for modern Nevada, for youth, excitement, hope and the great adventure of a lifetime." A major gold rush began there in 1902, following the accidental discovery of a rich vein of silver. By 1913, production had reached its zenith at $9.5 million, and, by 1921, it had fallen to half that figure. Gradually, one mine after another was turned over to lessors. By 1930 the population of the town had fallen to 2000, but Tonopah survived as a gasoline, machinery and food distribution center. As late as 1940, notes the WPA guide, "residents are strong in the belief that explorations will soon find new wealth."
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Collection is open for research.