By Donna Flood – Comstock Chronicle

On March 24, 2020, the Com-stock Foundation for History and Culture was the recipient of GuideStar’s Gold Seal of Transparency 2020 Award.  The award recognizes the Foundation’s level of commitment to its mission, including the development of a museum, the restoration of the Donovan Mill, and the preservation of the art and culture of the Comstock.

Steven Saylor, Executive Director of the Foundation, was delighted with the news.  “This is quite an achievement,” Saylor said
“We’re grateful to have reached this status within the philanthropic community.”

The award-winning Comstock Foundation is involved in a variety of projects. Its first endeavor involved the Yellow Jacket Mine, a significant part of Comstock history, located in Gold Hill, NV.  Aside from the infamous Yellow Jacket Fire (one of the greatest disasters in Nevada history), the mine is known for having one of the deepest shafts on the Comstock, with a final depth in 1876 of over 3,000 feet.

Yellow Jacket Hoist

Named in 1859 after a nearby yellow jacket nest, the Yellow Jacket Mine produced over twenty million dollars during its heyday, making it one of the richest mines in Com-stock history.
However, by the 21st century, the Upper Yellow Jacket mineshaft, a structure dating to the 1930s, was in danger of collapse.  The Foundation’s first project was to restore the hoist and ore chute of the Upper Yellow Jacket mineshaft.  The project was completed in April 2014.

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