Pony Bob’s Silver Strike

“Often through pure dumb luck a rich strike is made. Pony Expressman Bob Haslam’s horse unintentionally kicked a chip of silver from the Reese River field while fleeing from Indians. The chip turned out to be nearly pure silver (he stopped to pick it up while on the run?). William Bodey, digging for a wounded rabbit that had run to ground, discovered the Esmeralda outcroppings of what became the Bodie mines. Or there is the story of the first prospectors to Hamilton, Nevada, (in 1868) who threw up a stone shelter for wind protection, then later discovered it contained about $75,000 worth of silver.”