Buckeye Mine (Nye County)

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Nye County

Not much is written about Summit Canyon itself in the Nevada Ghost Town books. A little more is written about the Buckeye mine, which makes up the main area of structures and relics seen in Summit Canyon.

The North Twin River Mining District formed in 1863. The Buckeye mine was discovered in 1865. It was operated by the Buckeye Mining Company out of New York. According to Shawn Hall in “Preserving the Glory Days”, other mines that operated in Summit Canyon were the St. Paul, the Lexington, the Troy, the Wide West, the Santa Rosa, the Summit, the St. Louis, the Sultan, the Albany, the Monarch, the Antelope, the Crown Point, the Gettysburg, the Edinburgh, the Tecumseh and the Brooklyn. Silver was the primary mineral at the Buckeye, with gold, lead & copper being discovered as well.

We did find an active mining claim placard listing the claim as the "Buckeye". I also need to note, that there is a vertical shaft near the relics. It was covered with overgrowth and very hard to see. Once upon a time, there was a small fence around it to keep people from walking into it, but that fence has long been knocked down. We could hear active, flowing water in this shaft. I say this because the wrong step down into that shaft, would be a guaranteed horrible fate. Any chance of rescue or recovery of remains, would be near impossible. Be careful!

Post Office:  None.

Last Trip/ Road Conditions:  July 2017. We took quads. Summit Canyon is a typical canyon road in the Toiyabe Mountains. Steep and overgrown with creek crossings. I can't say what it would be like in a full-sized vehicle, but we didn't run into any substantial road problems on quads.