|Statement||by Mr. Sargent.|
|Contributions||YA Pamphlet Collection (Library of Congress)|
|LC Classifications||TN413.N3 Z7 1873a|
|The Physical Object|
|Number of Pages||24|
|LC Control Number||06022330|
Inscribed and Signed Book. “Presented to Bishop Wingfield by Adolph Sutro, Oct. 6, ” Sutro Tunnel. Report of the Commissioners and Evidence Taken by the Committee on Mines and Mining of the House of Representatives of the United States, in Regard to the Sutro Tunnel, Together with the Arguments and Report of the Committee Recommending a Loan by the . Folio Book composed of sheets that are folded once and printed on both sides, making two leaves and four pages. Point Variation in text, illustration, design or format that allows a bibliographer to distinguish between different editions and different printings of the same edition, or between different states or issues of the same printing. Bill and I are members of the Friends of Sutro Tunnel, an organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the town of Sutro and eventually the Sutro Tunnel. Bill loaned me a book published in titled “Ralston’s Ring.” In the book, . Adolph Sutro was the owner, contractor and financier who designed and supervised construction of the mile tunnel. It was excavated from Dayton, Nevada and ended 1, feet beneath Virginia City. Lateral tunnels were excavated to connect the main tunnel to the major mines along the Comstock Lode.
The book is part of the archives of Western States Jewish History Association. The Sutro Tunnel ran from the Comstock Lode at Virginia City downhill to the town of Sutro, where Adolph Sutro laid out farm plots in the arid land and watered them with water drained from the mines. Sutro was an astute businessman as well as technically brilliant. He sold his tunnel in at a huge profit, just as the Comstock Lode began to become less profitable. He took his wealth to San Francisco, where he became one of the city’s largest land owners and developers and served as mayor from Sutro saw his moment, sold his tunnel, and moved to San Francisco. There, his Comstock fortune helped him build the Cliff House, the Sutro Baths, and the Sutro Library. He was the mayor of San Francisco from to Adolph Sutro died in , but his engineering marvel on the Comstock, now mostly impassable, continues to drain hot water. Adolph Sutro was born in Aachen in what we now call Westphalia, Germany, in He was educated as an engineer. In , Sutro arrived in San Francisco, where he was involved in merchandising tobacco, clothing and other general merchandise.. Virginia City, Nevada. In , Adolph Sutro invented a new cost-effective method of refining silver ore, just as the Comstock .
Because of opposition, work on the tunnel was delayed until It took nine years to complete. The town of Sutro, at the tunnel mouth, became a bustling community of workers. The tunnel was wide enough for donkey-pulled carts to pass one another. Calibration with reflected sunlight every noon ensured that the tunnel would be perfectly straight. Free Tour of the Sutro Baths. San Francisco City Guides offers a guided tour of the Sutro Baths and the nearby Sutro Heights Park. City Guides is a non-profit that run free tours on many of the sights in San Francisco. I've been on several of these tours and the guides have been very interesting and professional. The Sutro Tunnel did become a route for drainage water from the mines, but the water had to be pumped up from the lower levels to a higher level of the tunnel Author: DENNIS CASSINELLI. Sutro peaked in when it had a population of nearly people, a school, a church, its own newspaper, and Sutro’s impressive two-story Victorian house. After the tunnel opened, the town’s population actually declined as the amount of business generated through the tunnel didn’t support such a large community.