The prospect of gold boosted the population of tiny Tolersville, Virginia. Many came to the area, desperate to strike it rich along the waters of Contrary Creek. Soon, these hopefuls learned that the expected totals of gold had been overestimated. However, the mining industry remained. Reserves of copper, gold, iron, pyrite, lead and zinc provided a new industry for what became the Town of Mineral, and it was thought that the area could become a metropolis. Yet, due to a multitude of hardships, the mines were never able to prosper.
Developed in cooperation with the Historic Mineral Foundation.
Items that fit SOLs VS.8c, VS.10c, USII.4d, and USII.9b