Bullfrog Mines Promise Much Rich OreSource: Nevada State Journal - Reno, NV
Date Published: 1907-01-16
BULLFROG MINES PROMISE MUCH RICH ORE
This Famous Mining Region Has Made Good During the Past Year and the Present Remarkable Showing is a Moment for the Future.
Bullfrog, as a district, was first appreciated and taken advantage of by two well know prospectors, "Shorty" Harris and Ed Cross. Their discovery was made a little less than two years ago. So splendidly, however, have the mines behaved, and so generously have the owners of properties expended their time and energies upon going down after their hidden resources, that one railroad already connects Bullfrog with the outside world, and two more are reaching out as fast as men and railroad supplies can be secured to do the work.
Here is Nevada camp known by the euphonious appellation of "Bullfrog," which has not started to grow its teeth, and which has hardly a hole deep enough to cause serious injury were one to fall into it, yet its resources are so prominently demonstrated that three railroads have sent their steel lines within its limits to secure the business of the camp. Such a performance is unheard of in the world of mining, and no more tribute could have been paid to the Bullfrog district and her resources than this move on the part of three railroad companies, organizations usually that demand a gray headed camp for the far end of their railroad lines. Bullfrog is not such a rich camp, either, although some of its ores contain fortunes within the very sight of the sun. But strictly speaking, the district is one great milling proposition, meaning that its resources are permanent, and that they will serve to bring in numerous large concentrating plants to handle enormous tonnages. It also means many long years of profit sharing. Bullfrog is an established camp, it has outgrown its infant duds in the twinkling of an eye.
December, 1906, will go down into history as far as Rhyolite, the capital of the district is concerned, for the reason that the first passenger train entered the city limits during that month. This train was run in by the Salt Lake route, the branch being extended from Las Vegas to Rhyolite. Train service means a great deal to the district. It means that the visitor need no longer depend upon the stage and automobile for transportation across the desert. Indeed it means far more than that, the passenger may enjoy the change from bumping seat of the two above mentioned instruments of travel and torture to the cushions of the Pullman; and train service means that a score or more of mines need no longer depend upon the twenty mule teams to drag their ores for days across the desert at great expense in order to reach the ore markets. It means the dawning of the era of prosperity for Bullfrog and the surrounding points. Shipments are already coming out; rich ores are being realized upon by the companies, and machinery and supplies of all kinds are being hastened in for driving the workings of the camp to greater depths. It is certainly a tremendously bright season that dawns for Bullfrog.
Bullfrog deserves all the attention it can get. The world famed Shoshone mine alone would justify the existence here of railway depots. Just how many millions of dollars worth of ore are now within sight in this property no one can tell, but this amount has been estimated from $20,000,000 to $50,000,000 and it may be considerable more. It must be remembered that the Shoshone workings have not descended below the 100 ft. level vary far although the company is now installing machinery which will open the mine to splendid depths. The Shoshone has been called one of the greatest gold mines in the world. It may be, and the situation certainly furnishes abundant justification for the statement, but it is reasonably safe to say that the coming year's work will prove this fact pretty conclusively.
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Submitted: 01/08/10 (Edited 01/08/10)