WMH Audio Presentations

I’m excited to announce a new feature for members – audio presentations.

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There is so much great writing about the history of the mines and communities of the western United States. I know if can be tedious to constantly be reading stuff like this, so it is my hope that by bringing these texts to life through professional voice narration.

Two documents with audio narration have been made available for non-members to preview:

The Discovery of Silver (Comstock Lode)

This incredible story describes the first discovery of the fabulous silver veins of the Comstock Lode by Allen and Hosea Grosh, a tale that ends in tragedy for the brothers. The location of the veins was lost with the brothers, and the Comstock riches would remain hidden for another two years after this initial discovery.

The Discovery of Silver (Comstock Lode)

Length: 30:44

The Prospector and His Burro – Grubstake

“In mining parlance ‘grubstake’ means that one man or more has agreed to furnish some other man with provisions and supplies, and a certain amount of money to be used on a prospecting expedition; the man furnishing the ‘grubstake’ to share with the prospector in anything that the latter may find.”

The Prospector and His Burro – Grubstake

Length: 4:22

Audio Library

Documents with voice narration can be found in the library, and are listed below by the month they were published.

February 2024

The Prospector and the Pay Streak 4:11

January 2024

The Lost Ledge 20:24
The Prospector and His Burro – Another Lost Bonanza 4:54

December 2023

How an Alcalde Was Once Deposed 14:08

November 2023

The Prospector and His Burro – Stock Manipulation 4:52
“Fooled the Robbers” – an Incident of the Days of Stagecoach Holdups 4:57

October 2023

The Prospector and His Burro – Roving and Hermit Prospectors 4:34
The Greatest Fire in a Mine (Comstock Lode) 14:07

September 2023

The Old-Time Prospector Is Being Crowded off the Globe 10:33
The Prospector and His Burro – The Tenderfoot 6:56

August 2023

Taming of Sam Brown (Comstock Lode) 16:16
The Prospector and His Burro – The Swindle That Wasn’t 6:35
Letters From California #3 – S. R. Smith 13:19

July 2023

The Prospector and His Burro – A Private Bonanza 7:28
Letters From California #2 – William Swain 15:55
The Old Time Prospector 7:05
Letters from California #1 6:33

June 2023

The Discovery of Silver (Comstock Lode) 30:44 – free preview
The Prospector and His Burro – Bonanzas of the Early Days 5:22
The Prospector and His Burro – Gold is Where You Find It 4:22

May 2023

The Prospector’s Story 6:11
The Old Mine on Lost Priest River 28:03
The Prospector and His Burro – Grubstake 4:22 – free preview
The Prospector and His Burro – Wrecking a District 4:03