August 14, 1861 Sam and Orion register at the Ormsby House and within a few days relocate to Margaret Murphy's fourteen bed boarding house in Carson City. After too many setbacks in mining, Sam finds work as a newspaper reporter.
Bridget O'Flannigan's RanchWed Aug 14, 1861
Upon arriving in Carson City the brothers found lodging at the local hotel, the Ormsby House. They soon moved to Margaret Murphy's fourteen bed boarding house.
Esmeralda and Mono LakeSun Sep 01, 1861
Soon after his arrival in Carson, Sam went to investigate the Esmeralda mining region and Mono Lake
Tahoe Timber ClaimsSat Sep 14, 1861
During September and October of 1861 Sam visited Lake Tahoe with the aim of securing a timber claim. During his first visit he was responsible form setting a forest fire.
Smitten with Silver FeverWed Dec 11, 1861
Sam heads to Unionville in Humboldt County and the Buena Vista mining District.
Returning to Carson, marooned at Honey Lake Smith'sWed Jan 01, 1862
Sometime in early January, Sam departs Unionville under miserable weather and returns to Carson
Esmeralda AgainWed Apr 02, 1862
More attempts at mining including the infamous blind lead. "I abandoned mining and went to milling."
The Deal BrokeThu Jul 31, 1862
Grub stake gone, "I abandoned mining and went to milling."
Search for the Whiteman MineFri Aug 08, 1862
A last attempt, little more than tramping around the White Mountain region. Roughing It places his Mono Lake adventures here but they most likely occurred in September of 1861.
Depart Aurora and head to Virginia CityTue Sep 16, 1862
Sam departs the Esmeralda mining district and heads to Virginia City and the Territorial Enterprise.