HOW A.J. LEATHERS STRUCK SILVER
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How A.J. Leathers Struck Silver
Many people have
searched for treasure in the past and have been left empty-handed
and many still go searching in vain today, following stories of lost
treasure that was buried, sunk to the bottom of the ocean, or
otherwise lost. Most of the time, this should be left as just a
hobby as it usually turns up nothing but in some cases, such as that
of A.J. Leathers, the hunting turns up more than one could ever
imagine, and the story also shows that to find treasure, all one has
to do is wait for the right opportunity. It took place in the White
Pine Mountains at a company called the Monte Christo Mining Company.
It was here that Edward Marchand was the Superintendent, a man by
the name of Murphy was in charge, and A.J. Leathers was the
blacksmith. It was during the fall of 1857 that a huge mining
discovery was made and that discovery would lead to the
establishment of the White Pine Mining District.
It was late one night when Leathers,
asleep, was woken up by the sound of utensils being clanked around.
He woke up and asked who was there to find an Indian eating the
remains of his supper. The Indian told Leathers that his name was
Jim but Leathers was feeling sour about being woken up after a hard
day of work and he beat the man and threw him out. However, Jim
appeared a few nights later, trying to make it up to Leathers. He
offered the blacksmith a piece of silver ore, which Leathers melted
down and placed a hole through so that he could wear it as a ring
for many years to come. Murphy found out about the situation and
persuaded Jim to tell him where he had found the precious silver.
Once everyone involved agreed Murphy, Leathers, Marchand, and Jim
set out to find the silver. From hereafter the Indian would be known
as “Napias Jim,” as napias is the Indian term for silver.
The weather was not good when they left
on their journey. They had just experienced a severe snowfall, which
made conditions life-threatening at times. Napias Jim took the men
to the main part of White Pine Mountain, where Shermantown would
later be built. They fought against snow and wind to reach their
destination but on arrival, there was much silver ore lying around.
Over the winter, no one came to claim the treasure and the men
called the mine “Hidden Treasure.” The mine was then sold for
$225,000. However, what the purchasers didn’t know was that the mine
only extended about one hundred feet and the mine had very little
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