Table of Contents:
  • Introduction : Twenty-one bits of glass, historical archaeology, and the meaning of the West
  • Gold and silver!
  • A crowded city on the mining frontier
  • An Irish blacksmith and the archaeology of belief
  • The Chinese
  • Saloons and the archaeology of leisure
  • Women on the mining frontier
  • Kids on the Comstock
  • Piper's Opera House and the archaeology of theater
  • Death and the material culture of the final chapter
  • Epilogue: Breathing meaning into the past.