The Comstock Lode: Bonanza to Borrasca


Price for Members: $48
Price for Non-Members: $66
Date/Time: Mondays, November 19 & 26; December 3 & 10, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Douglas Borchert, J.D., SBC, underwriting counsel, columnist
Location: Concord Campus


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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.



Event Details

Date: 2018-11-19

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

End time: 12:30 p.m.

Venue: Cal State East Bay

Directions: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord