About SSB

While the genesis of this blog is my keen interest in The Comstock Lode and its history to the present, this blog will also explore more than The Comstock Lode-proper.

Topics will also include gleanings from the past and present that I find interesting in Carson, Eagle, Lyon & Washoe counties — and occasionally beyond.

The blog's description is from the book titled "The Comstock Club" by C.C. Goodwin, who was the Salt Lake Daily Tribune's editor when he wrote the book, which was published in 1891. It can be found on Project Gutenberg®, which published the public-domain book (EBook #36123) on its website in 2011.

This blog is noncommercial. No money is made from ads on this site, since there are no ads, and I do not request any donations.

Glenn Franco Simmons with one of his cats, Buddy, who unfortunately passed away.

About Glenn Franco Simmons

The Comstock Lode is published by Glenn Franco Simmons, who resides in Carson City, Nev.

I am a former newspaper reporter, editor and publisher, radio news anchor and, since 2009, a professional photographer specializing in florals, as well as a dues'-paying member of The Society of Professional Journalists, and the Professional Photographers of America.

Having fallen in love with The Comstock Lode since my first visit to Virginia City in 1990, I have discovered the beauty of the desert that is quite a contrast to my home area of the ancient redwoods of the North Coast counties of Humboldt and Del Norte (closer to Oregon than the Bay Area).

In 2019, my lovely wife Kathleen and me moved back to her home town of Carson City, to be closer to family.

V.C.'s "Lady Justice" with both eyes open. © GTFS.

Fair Use

Quoted material on this blog falls under U.S. fair-use copyright law's commentary, criticism, news reporting, research and scholarship uses. Such quotes are for noncommercial purposes. The blog publisher, Glenn Franco Simmons, receives no compensation, gifts and/or other financial reward from any posts, including photos and the written word, on this blog. As such, part of this blog's purpose is to further educational study by adding another source of Comstock history in a brief setting. Hopefully, this spurs readers to research and study further, especially from sources used in this blog. If you have an objection to my use of quotes, please email me.

Photos used are either my own, from Wikipedia (public domain and Creative Commons), Flickr (Creative Commons) or from institutions, such as the University of Nevada Reno or the Library of Congress, which have archives of historical photos for public use. If you have an objection to my use of photos, please email me.

All of Glenn Franco Simmons' words and photos are copyrighted. Please share, if so inclined. Commercial re-use not allowed.
Virginia City, Nev.'s "Lady Justice." © GTFS.


While I strive to be accurate, mistakes may be made. If that is the case, please e-mail me or leave a comment, and I will consider the information. I appreciate any corrections, be they typos or historical inaccuracies.

With regard to another aspect of quoting from third-party sources, I've retained the punctuation, spelling and grammar of the original writing, except where I've edited it, which is defined by {}.

As a member of The Society of Professional Journalists, I subscribe to SPJ's Code of Ethics. As a member of the Professional Photographers of America, I strive to credit sources of photos used on this blog, and to use them in accordance with the terms provided by the originators of the photos.

Artificial intelligence-derived posts are published on this site; however, I cite the AI program I use. AI is also used in poetry I write, although the AI source is not indicated.

All photos, AI images and/or other images on this site are edited with photo-editing software.

Language Quoted

I've come across what I consider racially insensitive comments in the book I'm quoting from, C.C. Goodwin's masterful "The Comstock Lode" that visitors may read. 

While I do not entertain any such discriminatory views, I also do not believe it is advisable to neglect literature — in this case, one of the finest examples of Sagebrush School prose ever written (sans the discriminatory views) — because it contains discriminatory views and/or language.

I see such works as an opportunity to educate, and to illustrate how civilization has so unevenly evolved and become better in many respects.

It is a sad case, indeed, when one realizes that even in our world today, many people still hold these unfortunate, ungodly views.

Please note that I attempt to remove the culturally insensitive and discriminatory language with ellipses on the multiple occasions where they have already occurred; however, that may not always be possible. Inclusion of such language is absolutely not my endorsement of it.

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