Esmeralda County Mine Production, 1st Quarter, 1873 #110185

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Esmeralda County Mine Production, 1st Quarter, 1873  #110185
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Original Report of the Esmeralda County Auditor foe the first quarter, 1873 to the State. 18 x 21". Very rare, unique and original.
Note that applies to all of these seven Mines Reports in this sale.: These mine reports were an essential report to the State for many reasons, especially taxation issues. Held by the Controllers Office, they are the formal record of mine production and an essential source of factual information on production. However, somehow Couch & Carpenter in Nevada's Mine and Metal Production 1859-1940 missed all of these critical statements. While they may have seen some, they did not see all. The question begs: were they split up between differing State offices? were those that currently sit in State Archives placed there before 1940? What we do know is that in the late 1960's-early 1970's, State records were purged, and massive volumes discarded, from which these were extracted as "examples", along with the many (perhaps 20 or so) Territorial documents listed within this and the past sale. Carpenter's Foreword does not discuss these specific County reports to the Satte Controller, thus i suspect these documents were never seen. He does discuss State taxation records , which would have been the next step in reporting after these reports were sumarized. But it appears even thosse records were not seen in their entirity. Were they split up to different State Office files? we'll never know. Thanksfully, a really good sample still exists in State archives (used by this writer for private proprietary reports). outside or tertiary sources of information are difficult, as Carpenter reported. As an example here, for 1873, Raymond, in Mineral resources West of the Rocky mountains, did not report on western Nevada mines for that year, as published in 1874 nor for the succeeding year as published in 1875, so there is no summary corroborating 1873 data reported to the State of Nevada.
I'll use some examples here from Esmeralda that Illustrate the issues at hand: The Esmeralda report is for the early winter of 1873, January 1 to March 31. An underlying assumption to be considered is that this is winter. Those mines in production that may have production for this quarter only were probably in full production through the summer months at the very least. Several mines on this list here are just under the threshold placed by Carpenter of $5,000 per year or more. Examples of these are: Major Thompkins Mine at $$7459. was this total covered by the reporting of the Columbus M&MC? if so, why were the five or more mines listed under their management listed seperately as their production exceeded this ampount? (The Mt Diablo had three producing mines during this quarter). August Williams & Co. at Lida produced $1502 in the first quarter. Did their production drop off during the summer months? State: Nevada City: Esmeralda Date: