Historic Re-enactment – “The Trek by One of the Grosh Brothers”
February 27 @ 6:00 am
Nevada could very well owe its existence to Storey County. One could take it further and state specifically, Virginia City. Wait! Two years before Virginia City there was Gold hill and the discovery “The Lode” (as it soon came to be called) by the Grosh Brothers.
Credit for the discovery of the Comstock Lode is said to have been discovered, in 1857, by Ethan Allen Grosh and Hosea Ballou Grosh, sons of a Pennsylvania clergyman, trained mineralogists and veterans of the California gold fields. In 1857 miners in the area were looking for gold—just like California. Being trained they knew silver rich ore when they saw it. (Remember, in 1857 gold and silver were worth the same.)
Hosea injured his foot and died in 1857 before they could get the samples to an assay shop.
In an effort to get the samples to an assay shop, Allen, accompanied by an associate Richard Maurice Bucke, set out on a trek to California with samples and maps of his claim. Grosh and Bucke never made it to California, getting lost and suffering the fate of severe hardship while crossing the Sierra trails. The two suffered from frostbite while crossing the Sierra Nevada mountains, and at the hands of a minor-surgeon lost limbs through amputation, a last-ditch effort to save the lives of the pair. Allen Grosh died on December 19, 1857. Bucke lived, but upon his recovery returned to his home in Canada.