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This article has as its starting point a Central Pacific Railroad deed dated September 12, 1872, recording a remarkable intersection of two great Western themes: the transcontinental railroad and Comstock Lode mining. It is signed by both Leland Stanford as President and Mark Hopkins as Trustee; Hopkins' signature is exceedingly rare. It conveys to Adolph Sutro one section of land in Lyon County, Nevada, which investigation reveals to have encompassed the mouth of the Sutro Tunnel and nearly all of the town of Sutro. That tunnel, nine years in the building, drained the deep levels of the Comstock Lode to a point four miles distant near the Carson River. The deed bears U.S. and Nevada revenue stamps. The stories of Hopkins, Sutro and the Tunnel are retold, complete with photos and maps.
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