Beautiful certificate from the Leopard Mining Company
issued 1877. This historic document has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a leopard. This item has the original signatures of the Company’s President, and Secretary, and is over 135 years old.
According to Thompson and West (1881, p. 393), silver ores were discovered
and the district was organized in 1872. "The excitement incident
to the discovery of the district caused the building of the town of
Cornucopia, which at one time, in 1874, was quite lively and contained
about 1,000 inhabitants." The Leopard Mining Company built "first a
10-stamp mile which was consumed by fire and replaced by a twenty-stamp
mill " " " which was likewise destroyed" in 1880, whereupon the population
dwindled to 174. No production has been reported since 1882 except from
10,000 tons of old mill tailings during 1937-40 (table 15).
There are two principal mines in the district, the Leopard (Cornucopia)
which was* the larger, and the Panther. The Leopard shaft was said to be 5OO ft
deep, but the deep workings are caved (Emmons, 1910, p. 62). The Leopard
vein was worked extensively in an area now covered by mine dumps (Coats,
1967, p. 3).
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