Battle Mountain

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Lander County (More photos coming soon)

Most of the Nevada mining camps that are written about on this website were small and short-lived. It can be tough to find much information on them. You can find books from a few authors like Hall, Paher and Patera. You can also find a few websites like NVExpeditions, Ray Dunakin, Forgotten Nevada and NVTami. But beyond that, it gets tough to find further information. That's why I am also writing about them on this website. With that said, towns like Austin, Battle Mountain, Beatty, Belmont, Caliente, Dayton, Elko, Eureka, Goldfield, Manhattan, Pioche, Tonopah and Virginia City (Comstock/ Gold Hill & Silver City) are NOT those camps. These places were massive mining towns with expansive and long-spanning mining histories. Each of these towns had populations in the thousands. A simple internet search will reveal a long list of websites that have written about these places. These towns are also still populated to this day. From a couple dozen in Belmont, to 2,500 in Tonopah, and 15,000 in Dayton. Therefore, I am not going to re-write the same history that can already be found in great detail on the internet. I am going to post extensive historical photographs for each of these towns though. Each one of these towns also has its own Nevada historical marker from the Nevada- State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Each one of these towns will have their historical quote posted to its page.

Also see the pages for: Betty O'Neal area and the mines in the Hilltop area.

Nevada Historical Marker #95- Battle Mountain: "Battle Mountain."
"Battle Mountain's name derives from the mountain range to the southwest where in the 1850's some California emigrants were allegedly ambushed by a band of Native Americans. As a town, Battle Mountain sprung into existence in January 1870. In October 1868, the railroad established the Reese River siding here, and made Argenta, five miles eastward, its principle station and point of departure for the busy mining camps to the south. However, early in 1870, the station at Argenta was moved to this location, and the Reese River siding was renamed the Battle Mountain switch. Stage and freight roads north and south teemed with "mud wagon" stages and massive freight wagons. From 1880 to 1938, Battle Mountain was the operating headquarters for the Central Nevada Railway, as well as the Battle Mountain and Lewis Railroad from 1881 to 1890. The town's first copper boom developed in 1897 in the Galena (Battle Mountain) range. Battle Mountain steadily outgrew the mining town of Austin to the south, until voters moved the county seat here in 1979."