The Comstock Lode, a 3.5-mile (5.6 m) section of the Sierra Nevadas in western Nevada, was the richest silver-mining region of its size in the history of this country. Henry T.P. Comstock have his name to the lode. He sold out early in the operation with only a small profit. With an influx of capital from Eastern United States, California, and Europe, the area around Virginia City, NV, yielded almost $300 million in silver and gold ore before production dipped substantially after 1882.