The Comstock Lode was a rich vein of silver ore under the eastern slope of Mt. Davidson, now part of Nevada. It was the first major discovery of silver ore in the United States, and it unleashed a frenzy of greed, speculation, profit, and loss. In short, it was a classic example of boom to bust, bonanza to borrasca, the apt Spanish word for a dry spell. Mr. Borchert will describe how the Comstock Lode set all this in motion, paying particular attention to its effect on San Francisco, where banking, building, and the city’s general economy were reshaped by the silver discovery. And let’s not forget the myths about the event perpetuated by such creations as T.V.’s Cartwrights—Little Joe, Hoss, Adam, and Pa. It’s a rich lode indeed. Come explore it with OLLI and Mr. Borchert.