November lecture features Silver Mountain City |

November lecture features Silver Mountain City

Staff Reports

Karen and Rick Dustman will speak at the Douglas County Historical Society’s Nov. 14 lecture.

Their topic is Silver Mountain City.

Today just a “ghost of a ghost town,” Silver Mountain once was home to thousands of eager silver miners.

But until recently, much of Silver Mountain’s history remained an undiscovered treasure.

Local historians, the Dustmans were captivated by Silver Mountain City more than a decade ago.

“Silver Mountain was the reason Alpine County itself was formed. But when we first began researching, there was very little written about this special mining settlement,” said Karen. “I began to pore through the old newspapers, and it was as if an entire town sprang to life.”

Following years of careful research, the Dustmans published a history of this Comstock-era mining boomtown in their book, “Silver Mountain City: Ghost of the Sierra.”

The Dustmans conduct free walking tours of the site every fall, and enjoy sharing tales of this long-lost mining town with audiences in California and Nevada.

The lecture starts at 7 p.m. at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center located at 1477 Highway 395 N. in Gardnerville.

Admission is $3, or free to members of the historical society.

For more information, call 782-2555.