Photograph of a view of the Consolidated Virginia Mineshaft in Virginia City, Nevada, showing hills in the background, ca.1935. The wooden frame of a mining apparatus stands at the right centerground of the picture. The foreground of the picture contains mining debris, including a large-diameter pipe, wood scraps, and scrap metal. More debris is visible on the ground in the centerground. A burst of smoke or steam hangs in the air in the left middle ground, apparently emitted from a low metal structure which bisects the left side of the image. Small houses are visible in the near background, while hills occupy the remainder.; The shaft of the Consolidated Virginia Mine was at one time considered the richest in the world. Its great strike was made in March 1873.