Virginia City, To Dance with the Devil by Nicholas Clapp
"Where else but in Virginia City could a penniless Irish miner in a few short years amass a fortune greater than any of America's robber barons, simply by hard work and intuition while remaining a humble, caring human being? Virginia City is where Mark Twain discovered and honed his comic voice. Here also Julia Bulette, a kindly harlot beloved of the city's firemen, was the toast of a rowdy Fourth of July parade. In Virginia City mines, men plunged into the scalding, hazardous heart of the earth, so that they could enjoy five Shakespeare companies performing at once, food rivaling Delmonico's in New York, and frocks ordered directly from Paris that could be worn in this barren, windswept middle of nowhere. Virginia City's twenty turbulent bonanza years – what a time it was!" 199 pages.