The first major silver discovery, found in Western Nevada.
The Comstock Lode was discovered by a guy named Henry Comstock. The site is located near the western border of Nevada, based around Virginia City. After the discovery was made public in 1859, prospectors rushed to the area and scrambled to stake their claims. Mining camps soon thrived in the vicinity, which became bustling centers of fabulous wealth.
The immense wealth it brought played a key role in developing parts of the West Coast such as Nevada itself and San Francisco. The push for Free Silver in the 1890's was based on a string of silver discoveries started off by the Comstock Lode.
The discovery occured when Comstock noted that miners were throwing away piles of blue-colored mud in their search for gold. He knew that the blue mud actually contained silver. This song will be the soundtrack for the rest of your studying. It's about blue mud. Listen to it.