Darius Ogden Mills was a financial giant who lived in San Francisco, but made much of his money from the mines in Virginia City. He was one of the founders of the Bank of California, which owned many of the mills that processed ore on the Comstock. He was also part owner of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, and an investor in the Carson and Tahoe Lumber and Fluming Company, which logged many of the forests on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.
Darius moved his family back to New York late in the 1800s, and subsequent generations of Mills were less involved in Nevada. Ownership of the V&T stayed in the Mills family until the line was abandoned in 1950. The family donated some of the railroad right-of-way in Carson City to create a park, which mayor Caro Pendergraft named Mills Park.