Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Old Days in Kingston Mine Area]
According to Goin's story, a Judge Holt had a lease on and was foreman of the Virginia mine, while Finley was one of the 30 workmen, although he had been foreman of another mine and was a practical mining man. One day Finley picked up a rich piece of ore and said to Judge Holt, “This is worth saving.”
Judge Holt, replied, in effect, that if he wanted any information he would ask for it, and continuer to throw [$300?]-a-ton rock over the dump. Finley was given his 'time’ in a few days. He obtained a lease from the Virginia Mine Company and hauled 13 carloads of high grade ore from the dump. He now owns a chain of stores in Denver but before he made his stake at Kingston he had not seen his family in five years.
Goins came to Sierra county about 1885, living first at Percha, north of Kingston. While several fortunes were taken out of the Kingston mines, he says that the big companies never found official veins, only ores in pockets and chimneys. The Virginia mine is still being worked.
- Clay W. Vaden