Beautifully engraved certificate from the Consolidated Virginia Mining Co.
issued in 1949. This historic document has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the Virginia Consolidated Mining company logo. There is a green 50 cent US Internal Revenue stamp affixed to the reverse. This item is hand signed by the Company's President, Zeb Kendall and Secretary and is over 56 years old.
Zeb Kendall, who was a founding father of "Goldfield" and a renowned promoter around Tonopah. His brother was the first murder victim in Goldfield (over a mining claim). Zeb also promoted Rawhide (Nevada). A notorious gambler, he lost a number of small fortunes. In the 1930's, he bought up much of the Comstock tailings and, with a superior milling process, proceeded to make yet another fortune.
Zebedee "Zeb" Kendall was inducted into the Nevada Senate Hall of Fame as shown below:
SENATE RESOLUTION—Inducting Zebedee "Zeb" Kendall into the Senate Hall of Fame.
Whereas, The Senate of the Legislature of the State of Nevada has
established a Senate Hall of Fame whose members are selected by
leadership from former state Senators who have served with distinction
with exemplary contributions to the State of Nevada; and
Whereas, Senator Zeb Kendall served as a representative of Nye
County in the Senate of the Nevada Legislature for 8 years from 1909
through 1916 and during his tenure served as Chairman of the committees
on Mines and Mining, Agriculture, Counties and County Boundaries, Railroads, Internal Improvements and Manufactures, and Rules and Joint
Whereas, Senator Kendall introduced and helped secure the passage of
important legislation pertaining to mining claims and regulations,
telephone-telegraph franchises and requiring public water companies to
supply water for fire protection; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of Nevada, That Senator
Zebedee "Zeb" Kendall, a well-respected mining pioneer, civic leader and
Legislator, is hereby inducted into the Senate Hall of Fame of the
Legislature of the State of Nevada.
The Consolidated Virginia Mining Co. on the Comstock Lode at Virginia City, Nevada, was organized in 1867, but the sinking of a shaft was delayed for two years. The lode was difficult to find, work stopped, and the stock fell considerably in 1870. In 1871, James Flood began to buy stock in Consolidated Virginia and, joined by John Mackay, James Fair, and William O'Brien, formed the Bonanza Firm. They bought the land owned by the Consolidated Virginia Mining Co. and hoped to find rich ore in that section between the Gould & Curry and the Ophir mines. In 1873, they struck the Big Bonanza, which produced over $100 million of ore from 1873-82. The firm bought control of the adjoining Ophir and Mexican mines in 1877. Although the firm dominated the Comstock from 1876-95, when Mackay sold the interests to San Francisco stockbrokers, the last dividend was paid in 1880. The Con-Virginia was the most successful mine on the Comstock and one of the few to pay more in dividends than it levied in assessments. In the 1930's, the company was reactivated to mine and mill the lower grade ore still remaining. The reactivated firm in 1933 collected old maps and also made detailed new maps of the older workings, level by level. These 112 large rolled maps (which include one signed by Charles Frederick Hoffmann) show various mines and mining claims on the Comstock Lode in addition to Con-Virginia.
Some high-grade veins were found and production continued until 1942 when gold mining activity was curtailed because of war-time restrictions. After this time, the mine operated only sporadically and correspondence ceases in 1955.
OAC: Huntington Library: Manuscripts Department