Grosh Brothers References


Jane Fiedler, A History of Squaw Valley, Self-published, 1977. Pages 22-26.

Lyndall Baker Landauer, The Mountain Sea – A History of Lake Tahoe, Flying Cloud Press, 1996. Page 52.

W.B. Lardner and M.J. Brock, History of Placer and Nevada Counties California with Biographical Sketches.  Los Angeles:  Historic Record Co., 1924.  Pages 46-48, 227.

Gene Markley, Hills of the Coyote, First Publication, 1980. Pages 17-18.

Norman McLeod.  Distant Voices, Different Drums – A Collection of True Stories, High Drama at Last Chance, 1991. Chapter 7: High Drama at Last Chance. Pages 67-71.

Dan De Quille (William Wright), The Big Bonanza, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959.  Pages 14-15.

Margaret Sanborn, The American (River of El Dorado), Holt, Rinhart and Winston, 1974. Chapter 17, Last Chance. Pages 204-211.

Edward B. Scott, The Saga of Lake Tahoe, Crystal Bay, Lake Tahoe: Sierra-Tahoe Publishing Co., 1957. Pages 1-2.

Edward B. Scott, Squaw Valley, Crystal Bay, Sierra-Tahoe Publishing Co., 1960. Pages 7-8, 87

Thompson and West, pub.  History of Nevada 1881 with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.  Berkeley, California:  Howell-North, 1958. Pages 51-54.

Thompson & West, History of Placer County, Oakland, California, 1882, Page 406

Bill G. Wilson, Gold & Schemes… and Unfulfilled Dreams.  Self-published., 2002. Grosch Brothers Found Silver Lode – A Nevada Secret Left in Last Chance Grave, Pages 76-77.

Ronald M. James and Robert E. Steward.  The Gold Rush Letters – E. Allen Grosh and Hosea B. Grosh.  Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press. 2012.

Sally Zanjani, Devils Will Reign: How Nevada Began, Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press. 2006.  Pages 41-46.

James H. Coyne.  Richard Maurice Bucke – A Sketch, Toronto: Henry S. Saunders, 1923, Revised edition Reprinted from the Transactions of The Royal Society of Canada, 1906. Chapters: Adventures in the West, Pages 16-23; and, A Tramp Over the Mountains. Pages 24-29, 33.

Charles Howard Shinn, The Story of the Mine, D. Appleton & Company, New York, 1896, Chapter V. Pages 26-33.

Eliot Lord, Comstock Mining and Miners, 1883.

Sam P. Davis, History of Nevada, Early Mining Discoveries, Chapter XIII, Volume I, 1913.  Pages 381-390. 

George Lyman, The Saga of the Comstock Lode, 1934.

Peter Rechnitzer, R. M. Bucke-Journey to Cosmic Consciousness, 1994.

The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume XXV, History of Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming (1540-1888), 1890, Page 98, footnote 9.

Mark Twain, The Innocents at Home, George Routledge & Sons, 1872.

C.B. Glasscock, The Big Bonanza – The Story of the Comstock Lode, 1931.

J.A. Comstock, A History & Genealogy of the Comstock Family in America, The Comstock Lode and Henry Tompkins Paige Comstock, 1949. Pages 505-509.

Thomas Wren, A History of the State of Nevada: Its Resources and People. Pages 38-39.

Robert Ruxton, The Tale of Silver, 1907. Pages 9-10.

Ronald M. James, The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode, Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press. 1998, Pages 3-4, 6, 13.



J.B. Roberts II, “The Brothers Grosh,” Nevada: The Magazine of the Real West, December 1990.  Pages 48-52.

Ron Soodalter, “Nevada Part II: From Strikes to Statehood,” Nevada Magazine, December 2013. 

Cyril Greenland, “Historical Note – Richard M. Bucke, M.D. 1837-1902 – The Evolution of a Mystic,” April 1966.  Page 3

Sally Zanjani, How Nevada Began: Early Prospectors on the Comstock,” 2007 Mining History Journal, 2007.

Unknown author, “Sierra Rescue… But a Secret Dies,” Unknown source and date.

Unknown author, “Brothers’ Letters Relate Mining Hopes, Sorrows,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 9, 2008. (

Caroline Lawrence, “Bonanza Denied by Pickax and Jackass.” Wonders & Marvels. Undated. (



San Francisco Call, From Early Days: The Silver Discovery in Washoe Valley – How Francis Hoover Found & Lost Wealth, Vol. 75, No. 157, May 6, 1894

Sacramento Daily Union – The Grosch Brothers in WASHOE, Volume 25, Number 3870, August 17, 1863, Page 5, Column 5

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 29, Number 4452, June 28, 1865

The Daily Sun, Comstock Lode Name is Wrong, March 15, 1957, Page 26

Auburn Journal, The Grosh Brothers, Volume 6, Number 3, October 16, 1889

Auburn Journal, Volume 6, Number 5, October 30, 1889, Page 3

The Placer Herald, Placer’s Big Tree, W.B. Lardner, Volume LXVIII, Number 6, August 21, 1920

Tahoe Topical, The Discovery of Silver on the Comstock and the Groshes Bros., by Marshall W. McDonald, June 14, 1946

Sacramento Daily Union, The Grosch [sic: Grosh] Brothers in WASHOE, Volume 25, Number 3870, August 17, 1863, Page 5, Column 5

The Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Herald, July 13, 1880, page 7

Daily Alta California, Volume 15, Number 4983, October 20, 1863

San Francisco Evening Bulleting, March 9, 1865

The London Advertiser, Discovery of The Comstock, December 16, 1897

Mountain Democrat, Grosh Brothers: Forgotten cache reveals Comstock discovery, Karl Grubaugh, August 15, 1997. 

Tahoe Topics, The Discover of Silver on the Comstock and the Groshes Bros, Old Virginny’s Town, Marshall W. McDonald, June 14, 1946. 

Auburn Sentinel, The Grave Claimed This Mining Secret, Bill Wilson, September 25, 1992. Pages 8 and 10.

Looking Backward: 100 Years Ago – December 26, 1857, Blizzard Traps, No date (Source: Wendell T. Robie).



Austin E. Hutcheson, “Before the Comstock 1857-1858: Memoirs of William Hickman Dolman,” New Mexico Historical Review, Vol. 22, Number 3, July 1947

R.M. Bucke, 25 Years Ago, The Discoveries of Silver in Nevada, Overland Monthly Vol 1, June 1883, Pages 553-560.

Hal V. Hall, “Grosh Brothers Story,” Tevis Forum. 



Charles T. Wegman and George C. Harvilla, The Letters of Ethan Allen and Hosea Ballou Grosh 1849-1857, unpublished, which includes Schuyler Colfax Letter to A.B. Grosh, January 18, 1880.

Western Libraries, Western Libraries, London, Canada – Dr. R.M. Bucke and Dr. Edwin Seaborn Fonds (diary, unpublished manuscript, and maps collection)

London Public Library, London, Canada – Seaborn map collection of the Grosh/Bucke trans-Sierra journey)

Pacific Coast Annual Mining Review, Henry S. Fitch, Volume 1, 1878, Pages 150-151

University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department

Yale University Library Digital Collections

Annual Report of the Surveyor-General of the State of Nevada, for the year 1865, Page 19.

May W. Perry.  “Placer County Big Trees.”  Placer Nugget.  Auburn, CA:  Placer County Historical Society.  Pages 4-5.  Perry wrote various articles for the Nugget during the 1960’s.

“Looking Backward: 100 Years Ago – Perilous Adventure,” December 26, 1857, Blizzard Traps, Not dated (Source: Wendell T. Robie)

History as Made in the Gold County – Grosh Brothers Discovery of Silver – Comstock Lode.  Tape recording of Historical Facts and Antidotes as Researched and Narrated by Wendell T. Robie on KAHI Radio, moderated by Gene Ragle (25 minutes).  January 24, 1960.   

Mark McLaughlin.  “Ghosts of Gold Hill Nevada (Part 2).”  Tahoe Nuggets #185.  May 23, 2010.  Website: 

Ronald M. James, The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode, Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press. 1998, Pages 3-4, 6, 13.

Martin Griffith.  “Brothers’ Letters a Mother Lode of Gold Rush life.”  Associated Press, June 15, 2008.

Kathy Weiser, Tragedies of Gold Seekers, Legends of America, 1922 (updated September 2020), Pages 4-5

Cyril Greenland, Historical Note: Richard Maurice Bucke, M.D., 1837-1902, Canadian Psychiatric Association Journal, Vol. II, No. 2, Pages 146-148.

John L. Cowan, “Romance of Mining Strikes,” undated.

Chuck Lyons, “The Bank Crowd and Silver Kings Made a Fortune from the Comstock,” January 9, 2017.

Grosh Collection at the Nevada Historical Society, 1650 North Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89503.

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, has a collection of Grosh-related documents, including letters between Aaron B. Grosh and Richard Maurice Bucke as well as the aforementioned Gold Rush Letters – E. Allen Grosh and Hosea B. Grosh. (

Daniel Harper, “Yet another obscure Universalist x 2,” May 21, 2010 (

Paul Harvey’s “Rest of the Story” (https://youtube/bxYtoYep9wY) 



University of California Berkely, Bancroft’s Map of the Washoe Silver Region of Nevada Territory, 1862

Map of Silver Mines near Virginia City, 1878

Map of Comstock Lode and Washoe Mining Claims, 1875

Western Libraries, Western Libraries, London, Canada – Dr. R.M. Bucke and Dr. Edwin Seaborn Fonds (maps collection)

London Public Library, London, Canada – Seaborn maps collection of the Grosh/Bucke trans-Sierra journey