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Nevada Ghost Towns and Mining History

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UPDATE: June 13, 2022. We just got back from our Lander County trip. We hit Amador, Apex Mine, Butte Mill, Chase Mine, Clifton, Clinton/Geneva, Grass Valley, Guadalajara, an unknown mine north of Guadalajara, Jackpot Mine, Last Chance Mine, Mettacom Mill, Moss Mine, OK Mine, Stokes Castle, True Blue Mine, Watt Mine, X-Ray Mine and Yankee Blade. We also went over the top of the Toiyabes from Birch Creek to Austin and back. We took different routes to and from. That's an outstanding trip, but I wouldn't take the sedan or the two-wheel drive. The Lander was page was totally done before this trip. It's now back on the unfinished list. I'm adding photos and descriptions as fast as I can. 

This website was only started in December of 2021. I'm building it as fast as I can. The written history portions of these pages are rough drafts. They will be fined tuned as time goes by. I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel regarding the history. Paher, Hall, Patera, Basso and many others have provided a ton of written history on Nevada. They are the primary sources here. They have put a ton of time and effort into it. Buy their books. They're worth it. Each page will include enough information to establish a basic history of that site. What year the place was discovered; When it died; Post Office; Newspapers; Businesses; Fraternal Societies; etc.  I have a long-time friend helping me with some of the content. We are both native Nevadans. I got my start in checking out Nevada historical sites as a teenager. My friend Dan knew every dirt road leading out of Pahrump. We checked out sites like Johnnie Mine, Ash Meadows, Rhyolite, Wheeler Kilns, Trough Springs, etc. The guy who is helping me with this website was born and raised in Amargosa. We're both addicted to the Nevada backcountry and the history of this state. 

Many people who aren't from Nevada, as well as many who have never left Las Vegas, see all of Nevada as something that it isn't. They see huge casinos, urban sprawl, busy freeways and 115-degree summer days. That is a correct view of that tiny area, but it only represents a very small portion of the state. This website will represent the majority. Pioneer mining camps in the remote and beautiful wilderness, 12,000-foot mountain peaks, trout streams, massive cattle ranches, etc. Many non-Nevadans don't realize that ranching and mining run rural Nevada. They don't see the trophy elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep and antelope. They don't know that most of the state gets snow in the winter. They don't know that the term "Buckaroo" is a badge of honor that originated in Northern Nevada and the Great Basin. A term given to a specialized group of cowboys that work the massive cattle ranches here. My friends and I have debated on whether the false impression of Nevada is a good thing or a bad thing. Sometimes we feel snubbed that others see Nevada in the above manner. Sometimes we justify it by telling ourselves that if others don't know what Nevada is really about, they won't clog our backcountry or hunt our trophy game. I've personally wrestled with it back and forth. In the end, my extreme Battle Born pride won out and I decided to show off the real Nevada.   A few of my friends don't like that idea. Keep Nevada a secret they say... Others love the idea. Show everybody what Nevada is really about... Regardless of which way you feel on the subject, we hope you like the website.         BATTLE BORN!!!

For questions, conversation, pointing out my mistakes, or anything else related to Nevada history:

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 Carson City

 Churchill County

 Clark County

 Douglas County

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 Elko County

 Esmeralda County

 Eureka County

 Humboldt County

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 Lander County

 Lincoln County

 Lyon County

 Mineral County

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 Nye County

 Pershing County

 Storey County

 Washoe County

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 White Pine County

 Nevada Charoal Kilns

 Old Nevada Cemeteries

 Nevada Historical Markers  (SHPO)

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