August 10, 2011

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for August 11

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:



Profile America -- Thursday, August 11th. America's first silver mine opened on this date in 1860 in Virginia City, Nevada. The year before, gold had been discovered at the famous Comstock Lode. But mining it was hampered by the thick, blue-gray mud that clogged everything. This mud turned out to be silver ore, worth $2,000 a ton. This discovery led to a boom in the area and to Nevada being named a territory by President Lincoln. The silver mined there helped finance both the Civil War and the building of San Francisco. Today, silver mines are still active in Nevada, out produced only by Alaska. In the U.S., more than 1,200 tons of silver are mined each year. In 2007, it was worth $13.40 an ounce. Profile America is in its 15th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: American Speaker Calendar of Events

Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 898, 899

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau