The silver mines of Tonopah were financed in large part by San Francisco investors. So when the ground tried to shake the life out of San Francisco on April 18, 1906, it was largely Tonopah silver mines that financed the city's reconstruction.
A story by Mark Waite in the April 28, 2006 edition of the Pahrump Valley Times outlines the vital role Tonopah played in San Francisco's reconstruction.
"A lot of the high financiers from San Francisco had part ownership in a number of the different mining companies here. So a lot of Tonopah silver was sold to help reconstruct there because Tonopah was pretty tied into the San Francisco stock exchange at the time. (There) was a lot of investment from San Francisco. The mines here were able to use their dividends to reconstruct," said Shawn Hall, curator/manager of the Tonopah Historic Mining Park.
"It was right during the biggest of the boom years," Hall said about the timing of the quake. "That's what financed the reconstruction of San Francisco primarily was the Tonopah mines."
It is the first, but hardly the last, example of the major role Tonopah has played in the story of America since Tonopah's founding in 1900. Watch this space for other tales of Tonopah.