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Eureka County

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, Pioche, Manhattan, 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 following pages: Charcoal Kilns Main Page (Fish Creek Massacre); Eureka Catholic Cemetery; Eureka County Cemetery; Eureka IOOF (Odd Fellows) Cemetery; Eureka Masonic Cemetery; Eureka Schwamb Cemetery.

Nevada Historical Marker #11- Eureka:
"Eureka! A miner is said to have exclaimed in September, 1864 when the discovery of rich ore was made here- And thus the town was named. Eureka soon developed the first important lead-silver deposits in the nation and during the furious boom of the 80's had 16 smelters, over 100 saloons, a population of 10,000 and a railroad- The colorful Eureka and Palisade- That connected with the main line 90 miles north of here. Production began to fall off in 1883 and by 1891 the smelters closed. Their sites marked by the huge slag piles at both ends of Main Street."

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