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The Nevada Department of Transportation refers to the entire route (except the portion between the SR 342 junctions, which is known locally as the Occidental Grade) as the Comstock Highway.
Despite the dangers associated with traveling the route, Geiger Grade was a well-traveled route that provided the most direct connection between the Comstock Lode and the Reno area.
The highway runs along C Street as it travels northward through Virginia City.
Fair accepted, but the mine failed, freeing the two to pursue other undertakings.
Maneuvering around William Sharon and his Bank of California, Mackay and Fair worked with investors James Flood and William O' Brien to seize control of the Hale and Norcross, turning it to profit. In 1873, while exploring the Consolidated Virginia and California Mine, they discovered an astoundingly rich ore body thereafter known as the Big Bonanza.
James Fair, a partner of John Mackay, was an expert in mining who discovered the "Big Bonanza," giving the so-called Big Four control of the Comstock. In 1851, he traveled to California where he gained experience mining for gold.
Mackay came to the Comstock after the 1859 strike seeking employment as a miner.
Such limited freelance projects known as rathole mines rarely produced profit, but the Kentuck proved the exception, yielding $3,641,062 in three years.