|People & Life Ways|
|Riches, Ranching & Railroads|
John Mackay worked hard at
mining and was also successful with his investments. He went into
business with three other Virginia City miners, James Fair, James Flood,
and William O'Brien. The men were known as the "Bonanza Firm."
In 1873 they hit the Big Bonanza, a mine which made huge amounts of money.
Some of his fortune was donated by his family to the University of Nevada,
and helped to build Mackay School of Mines on the Reno campus. The
statue of John Mackay in front of the School of Mines has become a campus
Nevada Historical Society