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Reno's 1872 Time Capsule Has Some Gold Rush Lore

RENO (AP) — Artifacts recovered from an 1872 time capsule stashed in the cornerstone of a demolished Masonic lodge in Reno include silver dollars minted in Carson City and San Francisco, and a piece of wood from Sutter's Mill where the California Gold Rush began 24 years earlier.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, leaders of the Freemasons and local historians unveiled the treasures Tuesday pulled from a lead box in the cornerstone of what was until recently the oldest standing commercial building in the city founded in 1868.

Other items include a quartz specimen from Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California, an harmonica and an edition of the Virginia Enterprise in nearby Virginia City where Samuel Clemens began his newspaper career during the 1860s before adopting his pen name, Mark Twain.