The Betty O’Neal Mine was located on the western slope of the Shoshone Range, about twelve miles southeast of the town of Battle Mountain, in north-central Nevada. Discovered in 1877, and incorporated in California in 1879 by San Francisco investors, the mine went through a succession of interesting owners and operators—including J.A. Blossom, the first settler in the town of Battle Mountain, and Sherman Wilhelm, the last person to drive a covered wagon on the Emigrant Trail—during the next half-century. Shortly before his death in 1918 the miner and politician Lysander Waterman Getchell gained control of the mine; but it was Lysander’s son, Noble Hamilton Getchell, a trustee and the general manager for the mine after his father’s death, who turned the mine into the most important producer in the Lewis Mining District and the largest source of silver in Nevada throughout most of the 1920s. With this start Noble Getchell went on to become a respected Western miner, statesman and philanthropist.
I woke up to my alarm letting me know that it was time to get ready for school starting with a shower. I stood up and stretched as I walked over to my closet wondering what David, my new boyfriend but long time love of my life since childhood, had planned for the first of our weeklong dates since he had to leave with his…
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